Derin Ozlem Atalay
Liberal Arts Action Lab Coordinator and Lecturer in Public Policy & Law
Phone: (860) 297-5166 Office Location: 1 Constitution Plaza
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Trinity College faculty member since 2022
General ProfileTeachingResearchPublications/PresentationsHonors/Awards
Ph.D., Florida State Univ.
Master of Urban Planning, Univ. at Buffalo, SUNY
B.Sc., Istanbul Technical Univ.

Derin Ozlem Atalay holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University. They completed their postdoctoral fellowship at the Liberal Art Action Lab before being promoted to their current position at Trinity College. Their research focuses on queer spaces and the involvement of LGBTQ communities in the local decision-making processes. Derin’s dissertation is a multi-method study of participation of LGBTQ+ communities in decision making processes and inclusive city politics in contemporary urban Turkey and the United States. Their research contributes to a growing body of literature on collaborative city governance, inclusive city politics, civic engagement, place making and queer critique.

Their work on the intersections of Urban Studies and LGBTQ issues has been published on various peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Lesbian Studies, Geography Research Forum and edited books.

In the course of their instruction Derin tries to teach their students not only the course content as information, but also as a way of making sense of cities and one's place in them. Derin uses their background in Urban Planning, Real Estate and their international experiences to provide students with a powerful means of acquiring critical thinking skills.

Derin received their master’s and bachelor’s degrees in urban planning from University at Buffalo, SUNY and Istanbul Technical University, respectively.