Miray Cakiroglu graduated from Bogazici University in 2010 with a BA degree in Western Languages and Literatures and a double major in Philosophy with High Honors. She completed her MA in Critical and Cultural Studies in 2014 at the same university with her thesis titled “Reconstructing the City and the Urban Citizen through the ‘Istanbul Courses’”. Investigating the Istanbul course books in terms of their world construct, conception of history and urban identity, she argued that the city is defined as a ‘postcard space’ and the urban citizen is expected to perform the roles of a spectator, tourist, and a tourist guide. Miray worked as a research assistant at Istanbul Bilgi University, Department of Arts and Cultural Management. She is also a published poet with her book Taslarin Sesi Kesildi, which won the Yasar Nabi Nayir Poetry Prize in 2014. She regularly writes on art, society and literature for the Turkish literary magazine Varlik. Her research interests include modern Turkey, sociology of the Middle East, and ethnographic methods.