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Nilüfer Akalin, Ph.D.

Nilüfer  Akalin
  • Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow
  • History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science
  • pronouns: she/her
  • Holmes Hall, E-24A
  • 919 E. Shaw Lane
  • East Lansing, MI 48825


LB 492: Senior Capstone


Nilüfer Akalın received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Binghamton University in 2021. Her work explores the integration of the immigration enforcement regime in the current healthcare settings in the U.S. and what this integration implies for the documented Haitian immigrants and their well-being. She examines how health inequalities are produced at the intersection of immigration status and race by tracing the sites of care and the interactions between documented immigrants and healthcare providers. At Lyman Briggs, she is one of the distinguished teacher-scholar postdoctoral fellows. She teaches a Senior Seminar in Fall 2022.


  • Ph.D. Sociology, Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York
  • M.A. Sociology, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris France
  • B.A. Cultural Studies, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey


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