GenX women in higher ed from around the globe

Itir Toksöz

Itır is originally from Edremit, a large town on the Aegean Coast in Turkey. After leaving her hometown for her studies, she has lived in both cities of the world which have land both in Asia and Europe: Çanakkale and Istanbul. She has earned a BA degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Marmara University in Turkey in 1998, a DEA degree in Strategy in International Relations from Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne in 1999 and a Ph.D degree in Public and International Affairs from Northeastern University, Boston in 2007. She has taught several courses in International Relations in the USA and Turkey. She is now an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Dogus University in Istanbul and the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Sciences at the same University. She is also the Erasmus Exchange Program Departmental Coordinator for the Department of International Relations. Her main areas of research is civil-military relations, threat perceptions, science and technology in international relations and human security. As well as these traditional security issues, she also studies international relations through films, cartoons, music and other arts. She is a member of the T:AP (Transcend: Art and Peace) network. Itir also loves composing her own songs and writing her own lyrics, poetry, tales and essays. She adores travelling, the seaside, the cosmopolitan cities, the juncture of civilizations and her ultimate goal in life is sharing life itself through a “meeting of the minds.”

Itır TOKSÖZ Uluslararası İlişkiler alanında doktora sahibidir ve ABD ve Türkiye’de üniversitelerde dersler vermiştir. Şu anda kendisi Istanbul-Türkiye’de Uluslararası İlişkiler alanında Yardımcı Doç. Dr. olarak çalışmaktadır.

Photo of Itir taken by photographer Erzade Ertem.

Posts include:

Theatre Academia: The Stage of an Attentive Audience

Pretenders (Aren’t We All)

Under the Rainbow, With No Umbrella

I’m Not Just Rhetoric: Dreaming of the Rainbow, Between Realism and Idealism

  1. [...] Itir Toksöz (Istanbul, Turkey): I actually do not think that I can balance “work” and “life.” Unfortunately, this mostly happens at the expense of “life” rather than the “work.” The only way I can manage the two is when work is slow I try to do as much as I can in life and when work picks up speed I devote all my time to work, looking forward to the next work-slow cycle when I can go back to life. I am not saying that this is a good way of doing it. This is just the way that I happen to do it. [...]

  2. [...] Itir Toksöz (Istanbul, Turkey): Pouring words, sentences from another source into my mind generally does the trick and during the periods when I read more, I also do write more and better. Ideas attract other ideas. Also when I have a nice ambiance (tidy room, candle lights, incense, something nice to drink) that also makes me feel that I am doing something enjoyable and thus writing becomes less of a challenge. [...]

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