Perin Gurel

Assistant Professor


Ph.D., Yale University

M.A., Yale University

B.A., University of California, Berkeley


1034 Flanner Hall

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN  46556

Phone: (574)-631-0250


Perin Gurel is Assistant Professor of American Studies and Concurrent Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research and teaching explore the United States in the world and the world in the United States through transnational feminist lenses, with special focus on U.S.-Middle East relations and Islam in the United States after World War I.  Gurel earned her Ph.D. in American Studies and a graduate qualification in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Yale University in 2010. Her first book, The Limits of Westernization: A Cultural History of America in Turkey (forthcoming from Columbia University Press in 2017), explores how gendered stock figures and tropes associated with the concept of “westernization” in Turkey have intersected with U.S.-Turkish relations in the twentieth century. Her second book project will examine conspiracy theories and humor about political Islam from a transnational perspective. Professor Gurel has held fellowships and grants from the Institute of Turkish Studies, the Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, Dickinson College, and Yale University. Her work has appeared in American QuarterlyJournal of Transnational American StudiesJournal of Turkish Literature, and elsewhere. She is a member of the Advisory Network for the Yale Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion. At Notre Dame, she teaches a variety of courses, including “Transnational America,” “Gender and Popular Culture,” “Humor and Power,” “Islam and America,” and “American Conspiracies.”



AMST 3010 Gender and Popular Culture

AMST 30194 Transnational America 

AMST 43144 Humor and Power