Faculty/Staff Profiles

Tuğçe Kurtiş

Tuğçe Kurtiş, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone: 678-839-6510 | Fax: 678-839-0611

Email:  tkurtis@westga.edu

Office: Melson Hall 216

Hours: TR: 11:00am-2:00pm
W: 11:00am-1:00pm
Or by appointment


Research Interests
Drawing upon a diverse array of theoretical perspectives in social, cultural, feminist, critical, and liberation psychologies and a range of qualitative and quantitative methods, my research focuses on sociocultural and discursive constructions of self and identity which I examine through joint processes of voice and silence.

1. Voice and Silence in Personal Relationships:
In one line of research, I examine gender and relationship dynamics of voice and silence and their health implications for people across a variety of national settings to illuminate the extent to which subjectivity and relationality are grounded in particular sociocultural affordances and discourses.

Representative publications associated with this research include the following:

Kurtiş, T. & Adams, G. (2013). A cultural psychology of relationship: Toward a transnational feminist psychology. In M. Ryan & N. Branscombe (Eds), Handbook of gender and psychology (pp. 251-269). London: Sage.

Adams, G., Kurtiş, T., Salter, P.S., & Anderson, S. L. (2012). A cultural psychology of relationship: Decolonizing science and practice. In O. Gillath, G. Adams, & A.D. Kunkel, (Eds.), Relationship science: Integrating across evolutionary, neuroscience and sociocultural approaches (pp.49-70). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

2. Silence in Representations of History:
In another vein, I study processes of voice and silence at the collective level (e.g. what nations or groups disclose and silence about their collective past) to highlight the bidirectional relationship between social representations of history (e.g. textbooks, memorials, holiday practices) and national identity.

Representative publications associated with this line of research include the following:

Kurtiş, T., Adams, G., & Yellowbird, M. (2010). Generosity or genocide? : Identity implications of silence in American Thanksgiving commemorations. Memory, 18, 208-224.

Adams, G. & Kurtiş, T. (2012). Collective memory practices as tools for reconciliation: Perspectives from liberation and cultural psychology. African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review, 2, 5-28.

Teaching Interests
My teaching is largely informed by the theoretical perspectives that guide my research. One common theme across these distinct traditions of thought is an emphasis on critical reflexivity and consciousness-raising. Another is commitment to diversity and social justice. These themes translate into teaching practices that (a) promote critical thinking and reflection, (b) acknowledge diverse ways of being and knowing, and (c) apply psychological knowledge toward the cause of social change.


  • B.A., Psychology and Theater, Bennington College, 2004
  • M.A., Social Psychology, University of Kansas, 2010
  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Kansas, 2013

Courses and Sections

  • Courses Taught
    • PSYC-2010 (Psychology as a Human Science)    
    • PSYC-3730 (Social Psychology)    
    • PSYC-4350 (Culture and Psychology)    
    • PSYC-5085 (PsycOfOppression&Liberation)    
    • PSYC-8584 (PsycOfOppression&Liberation)    
  • Summer 2015 Sections
    • PSYC-3730 (Social Psychology) Section: E01
  • Spring 2015 Sections
    • PSYC-2010 (Psychology as a Human Science) Section: 02
    • PSYC-3730 (Social Psychology) Section: 01
  • Fall 2014 Sections
    • PSYC-4350 (Culture and Psychology) Section: 01   [View Syllabus]
    • PSYC-5085 (PsycOfOppression&Liberation) Section: 02   [View Syllabus]
    • PSYC-8584 (PsycOfOppression&Liberation) Section: 01   [View Syllabus]
  • Spring 2014 Sections
    • PSYC-3730 (Social Psychology) Section: 01
    • PSYC-4350 (Culture and Psychology) Section: 01