Volkan Aytar

Volkan Aytar, Ph.D.

Teaching Faculty

Founders Hall Room 225

Urban Studies








  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Amsterdam, 2014
  • Certificate in Global Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton, 2000
  • M.A. in Sociology, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1997

Research Interests

  • Urban studies
  • Sociology of consumption
  • Leisure and entertainment
  • Gentrification
  • Media and communication

Selected Publications

  • “Legacies, Continuities, and Breaks: Musical Entertainment in the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and the Republic of Turkey,” in A. C. Gedik (ed.) Made in Turkey: Studies in Popular Music, Routledge, London & New York, 2018.
  • Leisure Consumption and Entertainment in Istanbul, New Market Press, Istanbul & Amsterdam, 2014
  • Selling Ethnic Neighborhoods: The Rise of Neighborhoods as Places of Leisure and Consumption
    [Book Co-edited with Jan Rath], Routledge, London & New York, 2012.
  • Media, Culture and Identity in Europe, [Book Co-edited with Savaş Arslan, Defne Karaosmanoğlu and Süheyla Kırca Schroeder], Bahcesehir University Press, Istanbul, 2009.
  • “Caterers of the consumed metropolis: Ethnicized Tourism and Entertainment Labourscapes in Istanbul” in J. Rath (ed.) Tourism, Ethnic Diversity and the City, Routledge, London & New York, 2007.
  • “Gender: Feminism and Women’s Studies,” [with A. Betul Celik] in I. Wallerstein & R. Lee (eds.) Overcoming the Two Cultures, Paradigm/Routledge, London & New York, 2004.