Dilara Kadriye Üsküp PhD(c)
Dilara Kadriye Üsküp, PhD(c), is a joint doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago in the Department of Political Science and the Divinity School. Her forthcoming manuscript, Sex in God’s City, examines theology as political persuasion. Her research interests include: race, politics, religion, gender, and sexuality at the intersection of public opinion and policy.
Dilara is a native of Izmir, Turkey, but was raised in Detroit, Michigan. Born to a Turkish father and an African-American mother, she identifies as a double hyphenated citizen of the world: being proudly Turkish and proudly African-American. Her upbringing in a multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-national household helped her to cultivate her conception of self. Dilara’s extensive traveling shaped her research trajectory. Her time as an adolescent scholar, producing science fair projects and searching for library books during her mother’s graduate study, were formative in her development.