Associate Professor of International Studies, Affiliated faculty of Anthropology & Media and Cultural Studies
Global media, visual anthropology, ethnographic and documentary film, cultures of knowledge production especially news and journalism, photography, anthropology of the imagination, politics in everyday life, cultures of work.


Zeynep Devrim Gürsel received her PhD in Anthropology with a Designated Emphasis in Film Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her scholarship involves both the analysis and production of images. 

Image Brokers: Visualizing World News in the Age of Digital Circulation (University of California Press, 2016) is an ethnography of the international photojournalism industry during its digitalization at the beginning of the 21st century. Based on fieldwork conducted in the United States, France and Turkey, it focuses on the production, distribution, and circulation of international news images and the changing cultures of photojournalism after the digital turn. Specifically it addresses the labor and infrastructures behind news images.

Her next project investigates photography as a tool of governmentality in the late Ottoman Empire. She has published in Cultural Anthropology, American Ethnologist, Visual Anthropology, Anthropology Now and Jadaliyya and has contributed chapters to volumes on global news and journalism, contemporary public spheres, photography and memory, and visual cultures of nongovernmental activism. 

She is the director and co-producer of Coffee Futures (2009), the first in a series of short ethnographic films that explore contemporary Turkish politics through the prism of the everyday lives of women. Coffee Futures has been shown at numerous universities and film festivals in over twenty countries, and continues to be screened by academics, politicians and bureaucrats. She is now at work on Stories Under the Quilt about traditional quilts, the men who sew them and changing perceptions of marriage and gender roles in contemporary Turkey. 

BA: magna cum laude, Yale University 1995
MA: University of California, Berkeley 2001
PhD: University of California, Berkeley 2007