I have over fifteen years of experience as a justice reform and governance professional supporting efforts of governments, NGOs, national and international development institutions, including the World Bank and the UNDP, to develop locally-designed indicators of justice that measure impact of existing practices and programs, and inform new administrative policies and strategies. My passion is bridging academic research with policy and practice at all stages, from research design engaging practitionners to presenting and disseminating findings via innovative and accessible knowledge products.
As the Associate Director of the Emerging Adult Justice Project at the Justice Lab at Columbia University, I currently conduct quantitative and qualitative research on justice practices affecting emerging adults, a distinct group transitioning from childhood to adulthood, from the age of 18 to 25. Until October 2017, I was a Research Fellow with the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School, where I led PCJ's field influence work stream in Ethiopia, and supported the work of an international team in Jamaica, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Bangladesh within the framework of PCJ’s multi-M$ project, Indicators for Development: Safety and Justice. Since 2010, I have been working closely with government officials to design and use performance measures across the justice sector, from police to courts and prisons, spanning a wide variety of themes, from pretrial detention to violence against women and girls.
Prior to the Indicators for Development project, I conducted field research at the PCJ on recent trends in the practice of criminal justice in Turkey, especially implementation of recent criminal law and procedure reforms started in 2005 and followed by a decade of dynamic series of new legislation.
I hold a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Harvard Law School (2010), where I nurtured my interest in interdisciplinary understanding of law at the intersection of governance and economics. I received my Bachelor of Laws (summa cum laude) from Galatasaray University Law School (Turkey, 2007), following which I was awarded the prestigious Bourse d’Excellence by French government to pursue a master’s degree in International and European Law at the University of Paris I (Panthéon – Sorbonne, 2008).
I am licensed to practice as an attorney in Turkey and New York, USA, and speak Turkish, French, and English.
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