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About Pelin Basci

Dr. Basci received her BA and MA from Ege University in Izmir, Turkey, and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin (1995) with additional doctoral coursework at Ankara University, Faculty of Letters. She is a recipient of various awards including a Fulbright scholarship for doctoral work. She taught at Ankara University, Faculty of Letters, and at the University of Texas-Austin before her appointment at PSU in 1997.
Dr. Basci served as editor of the AATT Bulletin, a publication of the American Association of Teachers of Turkic Languages between 1999-2006.

Dr. Basci is the Chief Designer of the Turkish Proficiency Assessment Tool, a computer and Internet-based proficiency test (2003), developed as part of the STAMP project (now known as CAP Turkish) of the Center for Applied Second Language Studies at the University of Oregon.

She initiated and co-organized the 2012 conference on Content-Based Instruction in Middle East Languages, contributing four Turkish modules.

She is also the co-author (secondary author) with Yıldıray Erdener of Learning a Foreign Language. Book and two audio tapes. Ed. Gönül Ertem. Austin: University of Texas at Austin, Department of Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, Turkish Studies, 1996.

A native of Ankara, Turkey, Dr. Basci’s work appeared in publications such as Milliyet Sanat, Oluşum, Gençlik ve Toplum, Birikim, in addition to the selection below. Her research and teaching interests include Turkish language instruction (first-through third-year modern standard Turkish), Turkish literature (the novel), Turkish cinema, television and popular culture, and women and gender in Turkey.


2018 - Present Professor of Humanities & Turkish Studies, Portland State University University Honors College
2018 Associate Professor, Portland State University World Languages and Literatures


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