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  • Koray Caliskan

    Associate Professor of Strategic Design and Management


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    Koray Caliskan


    Koray Caliskan is associate professor of strategic design and management at Parsons and Associate Editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy. He received his Ph.D. with distinction from NYU’s Politics Department, with which he won the Malcolm Kerr Social Science Award from MESA. His book Market Threads: How Cotton Farmers and Traders Create a Global Commodity came out from Princeton University Press and focused on global commodity markets and relations of economization. He is the founder of, a social innovation project bringing together the organizational form of cooperative and limited liability in economizing under-represented women’s labor, which won the Entrepreneurship of the Year Award in 2017 from Microsoft Turkey. He directed, produced and wrote various fiction and documentary films, including Esma, shown at Cannes Film Festival. Currently, he works on blockchains and teaching new economies and design, and revising his book, Data Money.

    Degrees Held

    BA. 1995. Political Science, Bogazici University, Istanbul.

    MA. 1999. Politics, NYU, New York.

    Certificate of Completion. 2001. Commodity Options and Futures Trading, Rhodes College, Memphis. 

    Ph.D. 2005. Politics, NYU, New York


    Professional Affiliation

    Design Research Society 

    American Sociological Association, ASA

    American Political Science Association, APSA

    Middle Eastern Studies Association, MESA

    American Anthropological Association, AAA 

    European Group for Organization Studies, EGOS

    Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, SASE

    Recent Publications


    2011. Market Threads: How Farmers and Traders Create a Global Commodity, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

    Forthcoming. Data Money: A Taxonomy of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains, New York: Columbia University Press.

    Indexed Articles:

    2020 (Forthcoming). Data Money: The Socio-Technical Infrastructure of Cryptocurrency Blockchains, Economy and Society, Vol 49.

    2019. A Timely Rapprochement between Design Scholarship and Economization Studies, A Review of Economies of Design by Guy Julier, Cities.

    2019. (with Julia Kirkegaard) When Socialists Marketize: the Case of China’s Wind Power Market Sector, Journal of Cultural EconomyDOI: 10.1080/17530350.2018.1544581

    2018.  Towards a New Political Regime in Turkey: From Competitive towards Full AuthoritarianismNew Perspectives on Turkey, Vol: 58, Iss. 1, Spring. 

    2016.   Explaining the end of military tutelary regime and the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, Journal of Cultural Economy,10:1, 97-111.

    2012.  Ethnographie de la Production et de l’Echange du Coton dans un Village Turc, in Développement, Alimentation, Environnement : Changer l’Agriculture? Gravey, V. et al. (eds.) Paris: Armand Colin.

    2011. (with Fikret Adaman) The Logic of Neo-Liberal Agricultural Reform in Turkey: Perspectives, Consequences and Alternatives, in Adaman, F., Karapinar B. and Ozertan, G. (ed.) Rethinking Structural Reform in Turkish Agriculture: The World Bank’s Strategy and Beyond, New York: Nova Publishers.

    2010. (with Özlem Öz) An Alternative Market Organization: The Case of Cut Flower Exchange in Turkey, METU Studies in Development, Vol 37, pp. 1 – 18.

    2010. (with Michel Callon) Marketization, Part 2: A Research Programme for the Study of Markets, Economy and Society, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 1-32.

    2009. (with Michel Callon) Economization, Part 1: Shifting Attention from the Economy towards Processes of Economization, Economy and Society, Vol. 38, No. 3, pp. 369-398.

    2009. The Meaning of Price in World Markets, Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol 2, Issue 3, pp. 239-268.

    2007. Price as a Market Device: Cotton Trading in Izmir Mercantile Exchange,Sociological Review, V: 55, Iss. 2, pp. 241-260.

    Research Interests


    Organizational Design

    Platform Economies



    Awards And Honors

    2018 Short listed for the Georg-Forster Award, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

    2018 Chancellor's Fellowship. University of Edinburgh, (Declined)

    2017 The Entrepreneurship of the Year Award, for Microsoft Corp, Kagider, Turkey.

    2015 Academic Achievement Award, Bogazici University, Rector’s Office

    2006 Outstanding Teaching Award, Bogazici University, Rector’s Office

    2005 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in Social Sciences, Middle East Studies Association of North America

    2005 New York University, Graduation with Distinction Certificate.


    Esma, Short Film, 18:00, Director, Writer

    In Flames, Feature Film, 100:00, Producer, Co-Writer

    Last Villagers of Avshar, 45:00, Documentary, Director

    Pipelines Made up of Donkeys, 45:00 Documentary, Producer, Al Jazeera

    Republic of Wonderland: Turkish TV Series in the World, Documentary, 240:00 (4 Parts), Producer

    Current Courses

    Independent Study

    Independent Study (Paris Spring 2021)

    Integrative Studio 2

    Integrative Studio 2 (Paris Spring 2021)

    Strategic D+M in New Economies

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