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Elif Sari is a PhD student in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at Cornell University. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, borders, immigration, asylum, and humanitarianism in the Middle East. She received her bachelor's degree in Political Sciences and International Relations at Boğaziçi University in Turkey, and her master's degree in Near Eastern Studies at New York University, where she studied the intersections on sexuality, law, and violence by examining LGBTQ asylum in Turkey. Her current research project explores the practices and processes of LGBTI asylum from the Middle East to the US and Canada via Turkey, as well as the lives and experiences of Middle Eastern queer refugees waiting in Turkey. She is Co-Editor of the Turkey Page at Jadaliyya e-zine.
socio-cultural, humanitarianism, gender and sexuality, LGBTI asylum, Middle East