Alan Duben (Emeritus)

Alan Duben was born in New York City in 1943. He received his undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and History from Harpur College, State University of New York at Binghamton (1964), and was awarded  M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1973) degrees in Social Anthropology from the University of Chicago.  Duben has received numerous fellowships and research grants: from the Ford Foundation, the (U.S.) National Institute of Health, the Population Council, the (U.S.) National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the American Philosophical Society, and the Istanbul Bilgi University Research Fund. He has held teaching and research appointments at New York University, Boğaziçi University, Hunter College (City University of New York), Hamilton College, European University Viadrina (Germany), and Istanbul Bilgi University. Duben served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (2001-2004); founding director of the Center for International Programs (2004-2007); and vice rector (2008-2009) at Istanbul Bilgi University. He served as a consultant on various urban projects in Turkey for the OECD, USAID, the Turkish State Planning Organization (via the World Bank), and the International Union of Local Authorities.

Duben’s publications include Istanbul Households: Marriage, Family and Fertility 1880-1940 (Cambridge University Press, 1991) with Cem Behar - nominated for the Social Science History Association Sharlin Prize for the “best book in social science history,” 1991, and published in Turkish as İstanbul Haneleri: Evlilik, Aile ve Doğurganlık 1880-1940 (İletişim Yayınları, 1996 and Boğaziçi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2014); Kent, Aile, Tarih (İletişim Yayınları, 2002); and has edited Yaşlanma ve Yaşlılık: Disiplinlerarası Bakış Açıları (İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2018), as well as numerous scholarly articles. Duben has also authored books and articles on applied urban issues in Turkey. He recently completed research on intergenerational family and kinship relations and the elderly in 20th century Istanbul.  He is currently engaged in research on the subject of destruction and memory in a Polish town.