Dr. Sevinç Türkkan joins the Department of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition as an Assistant Teaching Professor in Fall 2021. She will teach introductory and upper-division courses, participate in professional development, advising, and committee service.
Before joining Syracuse University, Dr. Türkkan taught at Binghamton University, University of Rochester-Eastman School of Music, and Oberlin College, where she worked with multilingual students interested in languages, literary translation, and cross-cultural studies.
Her research examines intersections between translation and writing pedagogy, multilingualism, the monolingual paradigm, cross-cultural studies, and anti-racist writing and assessment practices. Her research closely informs her teaching as confirmed by the MLA volume she co-edited with David Damrosch (Harvard Uni.), Approaches to Teaching the Works of Orhan Pamuk. Her work on cross-cultural pedagogy, translation, world literature, global book markets and circulation, and writing pedagogy has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as Public Seminar, Reading in Translation, Comparative Literature Studies, Translation and Literature, Türkisch-Deutsche Studien Jahrbuch, Global Perspectives on Orhan Pamuk, and Teaching Translation, among others. She is a practicing literary translator across Bulgarian, Turkish, and German.
Awards and Honors
Dr. Türkkan was a finalist for 2019 PEN Translation Award for her translation of The Stone Building and Other Places by the writer and human rights activist from Turkey, Aslı Erdoğan. In 2021, Türkkan was named Judge for the same prize.
Dr. Türkkan earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Illinois-Urbana with specialization in Translation Studies, Cross-Cultural Pedagogy, and Certification in Gender and Women Studies.
The Stone Building and Other Places, by Asli Erdogan (translated by Sevinç Türkkan), City Lights Publishers (February 27, 2018), 128pp., ISBN-13: 978-0872867505
Approaches to Teaching the Works of Orhan Pamuk, edited by Sevinç Türkkan and David Damrosch, Modern Language Association of America (October 1, 2017), 247pp., ISBN-13: 978-1603293198