DAVID SELIM SAYERS is a founding and core faculty member of PICT. His teaching and research concern the Middle East, gender, cultural history, and narrative arts such as film and literature.
David is a Lecturer at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), Université Sorbonne Paris Cité. He previously served as Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna (2017-18), Research Fellow at Justus Liebig University Giessen (2016-17), Visiting Faculty Member at Bosphorus University (2016), and Lecturer at San Francisco State University (2013-16). He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and his B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. A native speaker of English, German, and Turkish, David has taught university courses in all three languages.
David's publications include the books The Wiles of Women as a Literary Genre (forthcoming from Harrassowitz, 2018), the translated volume Muhacirname: Poetry’s Voice for the Karamanlidhes Refugees (Istos, 2016), and Tıfli Hikayeleri (Bilgi University Press, 2013). His articles, including “Sociosexual Roles in Ottoman Pulp Fiction” (2017), "Must All Literature Have Identity?" (2006), and "Muslim Theodicy as Reflected in Turkish Media Reactions to the 1999 Earthquake" (2001), have been published in international academic journals. David is a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern current affairs at conferences and in the media, including the ABC morning television show Good Morning America.