Bilge Yesil

Associate Professor
Center for the Arts (1P) room 232B
Telephone: (718) 982-2549
bilge.yesil (at)

PhD, New York University
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

Biography/Academic Interests :
Bilge Yesil earned her M.A. degree in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with full funding from the Fulbright Program, and completed her doctoral studies in Culture and Communication at New York University. Before joining CSI, she taught media and communication at New York University, New School University, and Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey). Bilge is primarily interested in the study of communication technologies and their broader political and historical contexts. Her work examines media regulation and censorship, surveillance society, new media, and visual culture. At CSI, Bilge teaches Introduction to Media, Introduction to Communication, Communication Theories, Media Analysis, Global Media, and History and Theory of Advertising and Public Relations.

Scholarships /Publications :
Bilge's first book, Video Surveillance: Power and Privacy in Everyday Life was published in 2009. Completed with a research grant from the National Science Foundation, this book analyzes the socio-political dimensions of the proliferation of video surveillance, and the debates surrounding technology, control, and privacy. Bilge's second book project investigates the cultural, political dynamics of media legislation, issues of control, censorship and freedom in Turkish media. She has been awarded a Mellon Fellowship for the 2011-12 academic year at the CUNY Graduate Center to work on this project. Bilge's publications have appeared in Cultural Studies, Media History, Journal of Popular Culture, and in anthologies and online journals. She has presented her scholarly work at national and international conferences, and has been invited to speak at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University (2009), and at the 5th Annual M.O.M (Museum of Motherhood) Conference at Marymount Manhattan College (2011).