Zeyno Ustun is a PhD student in the department of Sociology, a Fellow of Integrative PhD Fellowship program, a Teaching Fellow at the New School, a researcher at Graph Commons and media editor at Public Seminar.

Ustun received her first Master’s Degree in Sociology at Boğaziçi University in 2012, with the thesis titled “Desire of the Impossible; A Cultural Reading of Fantastic Cinema” and second MA in Sociology in 2015 from the New School for Social Research. Ustun is currently working on her dissertation on the networked movements and their strategic use of digital technologies in the age of Internet. She is specifically focused on the political and legal aftermath of simultaneous revolts of Brazil and Turkey erupted in 2013 June and coincided with the Snowden revelations on the unlawful interceptions carried by National Security Agency in USA. Given the national, international and trans-local tensions around the Internet, Ustun, via her cases, is investigating the Internet as a space of resistance as well as a space of pervasive control focusing on the experience of the political subjectivities engaged in new types of political contestations.

In addition to her academic engagements, Ustun’s recent works with Graph Commons include the ongoing project titled Networks of Dispossession a networked database on the relations of capital and power within urban transformation in Turkey; Higher Education Industrial Complex (2014) a project on private universities and their boards of trustees connected to a network of corporations and institutions in Turkey; and Monovacation (2014) a project on the homogenized ‘nature’ of tourism, exhibited in many events from Tokyo to Marrakech Biennales.

Curriculum Vitae ​


  • New School for Social Research, Sociology 2013 – Ongoing
  • Bogaziçi University Master of Arts in Sociology 2009 – 2012
  • Marmara University Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology 2003 – 2008​ * Graduated valedictorian
  • Cagaloglu Gymnasium 1996 – 2003


Teaching Assistant & Fellow | The New School (01.2016 – Ongoing)

  • Teaching Fellow | Digital Dissidence | Spring 2018 – upcoming Eugene Lang College, Department of Culture of Media
  • Teaching Fellow | Subversive Technologies and Critical Cartographies | Fall 2017 – ongoing NSPE, Global Studies Department
  • Teaching Fellow | Politics of the Internet | Spring 2017  Eugene Lang College, Politics Department
  • Teaching Assistant | Our Lives on the Internet | Fall 2016 Professor:Claire Potter
  • Teaching Assistant | Introduction to Media Studies | Spring 2016 Professor: Deborah Lewitt

Media Editor |Public Seminar – The New School for Social Research (2014-Ongoing)

Researcher |Graph Commons (2011-Ongoing)

Research&Teaching Assistant and Project Coordinator | Bogaziçi University – (02.2011 – 09.2012)

Project Coordinator | NGO Society of Peace with Nature|  (01.2005 – 01.2012)

Translator | Kaknüs Publishing House (07.2007 – 11.2009)

Freelance Test Writer | YDS Publishing (​02.2006 – 06.2007)

Freelance Translator | Evrense​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​l Translation Office (01.2006 – 01.2007)

Data Operator | Profil International HR (10.2005 – 01.2006)

Freelance Test Writer | Dilkofen Publishing (03.2004 – 08.2005​)

LANGUAGE | English, German

SKILLS | SPSS, SDL Trados, Office, Adobe Indesign, Final Cut, HTML/CSS, Javascript