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Onur Arslan


Onur Arslan is a PhD candidate at UC Davis, in the anthropology department. He graduated from Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations in 2012. He received his MA degree in Philosophy and Social Thought program at Istanbul Bilgi University. He is interested in exploring the ways in which technoscientific practices and arrangements shape power relations. He currently writes on counter-terrorism, digital forensics, evidence-making, and expertise.

Research Focus

Science and technology studies, knowledge production, forensics, data studies, expertise

Selected Publications

Ebru Kayaalp and Onur Arslan. 2021. Earth in Practice: Uncertainty, Expertise, and the Expected Istanbul Earthquake. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space


2016,  Research Assistant, Istanbul Sehir University

Understanding Science and Knowledge

Introduction to Film Studies

2017 - 2020, Teaching Assistant, UC Davis

Resistance, Rebellion, and Popular Movements

Drugs, Science and Culture

The Anthropology of Middle East

The Anthropology of Migration and Sovereignty

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology



Social Science Research Foundation (SSRC), International Dissertation Research Fellowship

National Science Foundation (NSF), Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant