Yasemin Y. Celikkol
Yasemin Y. Celikkol’s transdisciplinary and comparative global communication research is at the nexus of transnational media, geopolitics, and culture. Her current research investigates Bulgarian and Russian public discourse and media text reactions to the unprecedented popularity of Turkish television series. Celikkol is a Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) and serves as Archivist of the CARGC Board of Advisors.
She is the recipient of a number of additional academic distinctions, including the U.S. Department of Education Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for the study of Arabic and the Middle East.
Celikkol pursued her education in Bulgaria, Japan, and the U.S. She holds a Politics B.A. from New York University, a Sociolinguistics M.A. from International Christian University in Tokyo, an Intercultural Communication M.S. from the Graduate School for Education of University of Pennsylvania, and a Communication M.A. from the Annenberg School for Communication.
Celikkol’s name is associated with baby sign language and positive discipline in Turkey, where she authored books and articles that were well-received by readers and the media. Her baby sign language book was the first book on sign language to be widely distributed, a development appreciated by the Deaf community and the Hearing Impaired Federation of Turkey. She collaborated with the Federation to further disseminate sign language in Turkey, and globally, as Secretary-General of the World Disability Union.
Yasemin Yusufoff Celikkol studies global communication through transnational media, geopolitics, and culture. Her dissertation, which she recently defended, examines the peculiar popularity of Turkish television series in Russia and Bulgaria following centuries of antagonistic relations.