Ceren Özselçuk is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. She received her Ph.D in Economics from UMASS, Amherst. Her thesis, entitled “Post-Marxism after Louis Althusser,” is forthcoming in the New Political Economy Series (Routledge, 2016). She has recently published and co-published in journals such as SAQ, Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, Rethinking Marxism, and in edited volumes. She is in the editorial board of the journal Rethinking Marxism and at same time its current managing editor.


Currently, with her colleague Yahya Madra, she is writing a book manuscript called “Sexuating Class: A Psychoanalytical Critique of Political Economy.” This book intends to offer both a critical appraisal of the history of the difficult yet persistent relationship among the various traditions of Marxian and Freudian thinking and an alternative framework to articulate them together in a manner that envisions different economic transformations as ways of relating to “enjoyment”—a key and foundational psychoanalytical concept that the authors believe modern political economy cannot afford to ignore in its analyses of the forms of contemporary capitalism as well as their emancipatory alternatives.


She is also developing her research on the associations among populism, neoliberalism and neo-conservatism, with a geographical focus in Turkey, and through asking the following questions regarding the relations between populism and contemporary forms of authoritarianism and violence, on the one hand, and the role of populist identifications both in democratic as well as neoliberal transformations, on the other.