M. Alper Yalçinkaya

Associate Professor of Sociology-Anthropology


B.A., M.A., Middle East Technical University, Ankara
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego


M. Alper Yalçinkaya joined Ohio Wesleyan in 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in Sociology and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego. A native of Turkey, Alper received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Middle East Technical University in Ankara.

His research interests include Critical Social Thought; Science, Technology and Society; Sociology of Religion; Cultural and Social Change; Global Inequality; Culture, Art and Literature; Sociology of Emotions; Middle Eastern Societies. He has published and is currently working on questions regarding science, religion, and identity, with an emphasis on Muslim societies. 

Recent publications:

Yalçinkaya, A. " 'Science,' 'Religion,' and 'Science-and-Religion' in the Late Ottoman Empire" Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, forthcoming.

Yalçinkaya, A. "The 'Harmony Thesis' in the Turkish Media," in Bernard Lightman, ed. Rethinking History, Science, and Religion: An Exploration of Conflict and the Complexity Principle. Pittsburgh University Press, forthcoming.

Yalçinkaya, A. (2018) "Muslims," in Jeff Hardin et al., eds. The Warfare between Science and Religion: The Idea That Wouldn't Die. Johns Hopkins University Press.

Yalçinkaya, A. (2015) Learned Patriots: Debating Science, State, and Society in the Nineteenth Century Ottoman Empire. University of Chicago Press.  

Contact Info


Elliott Hall #312
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3923
E mayalcin@owu.edu