Dr. Mustafa Kemal Baran received his Ph.D. in the Department of Archaeology and History of Art at Koç University. He previously completed his master’s degrees in architectural history at Middle East Technical University and classical archaeology at University of Oxford where he held the Ertegun Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities. Before coming to ANAMED, he held the Andreas Tietze Memorial Fellowship in Turkish Studies at University of Vienna and was a visiting researcher at the German Archaeological Institute Berlin Branch. He taught architectural history and theory at Altınbaş University and Bilgi University in Istanbul.
Dr. Baran’s interdisciplinary research is grounded in cultural heritage studies, archaeology, and architectural history. Based on oral historical accounts, archival documents, and social network analysis, his dissertation investigated the history and politics of archaeological practice and heritage in Turkey with a particular emphasis on the role of local communities and the issues of labour.
Dr. Baran’s research was supported by the Santander Research Award, the Berlin State Museums International Scholarship, the SALT Research Award, and the Princeton University Library Research Fellowship among others.