Veli N. Yashin

Expert in Middle East studies and literature; can discuss unrest in Turkey, Syrian refugees

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Director of Undergraduate Studies in Comparative Literature

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences


  • 19th and 20th century Arabic and Turkish literatures and cultures
  • late-Ottoman cultural and intellectual history
  • the post-Ottoman world
  • area studies and literary scholarship
  • conceptions of authority and sovereignty
  • legacies of German romanticism
  • histories and future(s) of philology
  • Mediterranean studies
  • Syrian refugees (especially in Turkey, Germany, and the United States)

Additional Information


  • The Horst Frenz Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, 2012-2013
  • Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship in Arabic, 2010-2011

Professional Office:

  • Special Interest Delegate to MLA Delegate Assembly (Ethnic Studies), Modern Language Association, 2015-2018

Professional Memberships:

  • The Mediterranean Seminar
  • Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association
  • American Comparative Literature Association
  • Middle East Studies Association
  • Modern Language Association


  • Arabic
  • German
  • Turkish