Ozgun E. Topak

Department of Sociology, Queen’s University

Ozgun Topak received his PhD in Sociology at Queen's University. His previous degrees are from Istanbul University (BA in Business Administration) and Middle East Technical University (MA in Sociology) in Turkey. He is broadly interested in how new surveillance mechanisms (e.g. e-government, electronic ID cards, databases) are tied to a complex set of power-knowledge and political rationalities within different social contexts (e.g. Turkey, European Union). His PhD project focused on the implementation of database technology in European Union border management strategies and the consequences of this process on European citizenship. Among others, his work is particularly inspired by Foucauldian and Deleuzian political philosophy.

Dr. Topak is now a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at York University, Department of Political Science.