Professor Yetim is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Program in International Relations at New York University. Raised in Istanbul, Turkey, she took her BA with honors in Economics and International Relations from Istanbul University, and then was awarded an MA in Politics and International Relations from Bogaziçi University in 1998. She finished her studies in the US at the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 with a PhD in Politics.
Her interest in economics extends as well to numismatics. She is a member of the New York Numismatic Club.