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Sociology Research


Hande is a Research Affiliate at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge. She holds a PhD from the same Department, titled "Becoming-Virgin: Re-Virginisation Practices in Turkey". Prior to coming to Cambridge, she studied Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University (BA), and Comparative Studies in History and Society at Koc University (MA by research). Hande is also a research mentor and fellow at the Cambridge Centre for International Research, and research consultant for the End Everyday Racism project. Hande also holds a research grant from the British Institute at Ankara for her project titled “Migration and Medicine: Bridging the Gap between Patients and Migrant Doctors”.

Research Interests

Sociology of gender, the body, health and illness, sexuality; Turkey and the Middle East

Research Projects

Migration and Medicine: Bridging the Gap between Patients and Migrant Doctors (2022-ongoing)


End Everyday Racism, University of Cambridge (2020-ongoing)

Death and Death Announcements in Turkey, Koc University (2014-2015)



SOC3: Modern Societies II: Global Social Problems and Dynamics of Resistance

SOC11: Racism, 'Race' and Ethnicity


SOC1: Introduction to Sociology: Modern Societies I

SOC2: Social Theory

SOC3: Modern Societies II: Global Social Problems and Dynamics of Resistance

SOC10: Gender

SOC11: Racism, ‘Race’ and Ethnicity

SOC13: Health, Medicine and Society (Pembroke Semester Programmes)

SECHI: Social and Ethical Context of Health and Illness

Dissertation supervision (Pembroke-King's Programme)

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Güzel, Hande. 2020. 'Making of the Modern Woman’s Body: Re-Virginization in Turkey'. In Upgrades der Natur, künftige Körper: Interdisziplinäre und internationale Perspektiven, edited by Melike Sahinol, Christopher Coenen, and Raoul Motika. Springer VS.

Güzel, Hande. 2019. ‘Architecting the Mouth, Designing the Smile: The Body in Orthodontic Treatment in Turkey’. In Monsters, Monstrosities, and the Monstrous in Culture and Society, edited by Diego Compagna and Stefanie Steinhart, 175–96. Sociology. Vernon Press.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Güzel, Hande. forthcoming. ‘Space of Immotility and the Construction of the Neoliberal (Non-) Virgin Woman During the Post-Hymenoplasty Healing Period’ [Himenoplastiden Sonra: Himenoplasti Sonrası İyileşme Sürecinde Devinimsizlik Alanı ve Neoliberal (Na)Bakire Kadının İnşası]. Journal of Sociological Research.

Güzel, Hande. 2019. "A Madonna in Laleli and Secret: Marginalizing Revirginization and Revirginizers in Turkish Cinema." Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 15, no. 3: 416-422.

Güzel, Hande. 2019. "Review of the book Gender and HIV in South Africa by Courtenay Sprague". Sociology of Health and Illness, 41. 619-621. 

Güzel, Hande. 2018. “Pain as Performance: Re-virginisation in Turkey.” Medical Humanities 44, no. 2: 89–95. 

Palmer, V. and Whiteside, B. et al. 2014. "Symposium Abstracts: Pace, Penalty and Pirouette: The Sociology of Physical Culture." Scottish Journal of Performance 2, no.1: 87–103.

Research Groups & Affiliations


Cambridge International Scholarship (2015-2018), Cambridge Trust

PhD Fellowship (2016-2017), Orient Institut Istanbul

Travel Grant (2017), Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness

Graduate Research and Fieldwork Fund (2016-2017), Murray Edwards College

Job Title:
Research Affiliate, Murray Edwards College
Dr Hande Guzel