Ezgi Karaoglu

Ezgi  Karaoglu
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Sociology
  • MS, Social Psychology, Middle East Technical University, Graduate School of Social Sciences, Ankara


Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Ezgi Karaoglu is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at MSU. Before joining MSU, she was worked in the humanitarian field with refugees in Turkey for UN Refugee Agency and implementing partners of UNHCR for 6 years. This challenging experience allowed her to develop a critical approach to migration research and humanitarianism in general. Therefore, her research in MSU focuses on the macro-structural forces that drive international migration and humanitarianism. Some questions that she seeks answers are the way paternalism and power relations operate in humanitarian interventions and the placemaking strategies of the migrants in the city through multiple exclusion and inclusion patterns in urban spaces. Her academic guilty pleasure is thinking, observing, and writing on street animals and interspecies interaction.


Ezgi Karaoğlu

Associated Programs

Women's & Gender Studies (WGS)

Global Urban Studies Program (GUSP)


"Resilience to Nested Crises: The Effects of the Beirut Explosion on COVID-19 Safety Protocol Adherence", Stephanie J. Nawyn, Ezgi Karaoğlu, Stephen Philip Gasteyer, Rania Mansour, Ali Ghassani and Sandra T Marquart-Pyatt, Frontiers in Public Health, July 2022

"Refugee COVID-19 Protocol Adherence and NGO Staff Perceptions: Paternalism and Power in Humanitarian Assistance", Ezgi Karaoglu, Stephanie J. Nawyn, Natalynn Qaji, Natalie Qaji, Ayat J. J. Nashwan, Stephen Gasteyer, Journal of International Humanitarian Action (under review)