She started her PhD in the History of Architecture program at Istanbul Technical University. She spent a year as a visiting special student at the Aga Khan Program, Harvard University, in the 2009-2010 academic year and audited several courses from the history of art and architecture department and also Center for Middle Eastern studies. In 2012, she completed her dissertation entitled “Selim III’s Istanbul: Building Activities In The Light Of Political and Military Transformations”.
In 2014, she received a senior fellowship from ANAMED (Research Center For Anatolian Civilizations), Koç University with her project titled “Imperial Mosque Courtyards as Social Nuclei of Istanbul”. The later stages of this project, which focuses on the 19th century imperial mosques and their changing spatial relations with the city, was also supported by Salt Research and Istanbul Research Institute. She also received a Barakat Trust Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Khalili Research Centre, Oxford University (2017–18), and Barakat Trust Major Awards (2018–19) with her project: “A Reformist Sultan in the Age of Revolutions: Politics, Art and Architectural Patronage of Selim III (r. 1789–1807).” She co-edited two books with Dr. Suzan Yalman; “Sacred Spaces + Urban Networks” was published in 2019 and “The Friday Mosque in the City: Liminality, Ritual, and Politics” in 2020. Her research interests include Ottoman social, political and architectural history. She is currently working on a project that analyzes the interventions of nineteenth-century Ottoman sultans in sacred places and objects in the context of their political agendas.