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Sociology Research


Hande is a Research Affiliate in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (High Honours) in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University, and a Master of Arts degree (by research) in Comparative Studies in History and Society from Koc University. Her PhD thesis focuses on re-virginisation practices in Turkey, while her previous research includes physical education and orthodontic treatment.

Research Interests

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

Research Projects

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


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

SOC10: Gender

SOC13: Health, Medicine and Society

Dissertation supervision (Pembroke-King's Programme)

Key Publications - Book Chapters

Güzel, Hande. “Making of the Modern Woman’s Body: Re-Virginization in Turkey”. In Upgrades der Natur, künftige Körper: Interdisziplinäre und internationale Perspektiven. Springer. (forthcoming)

Güzel, Hande. “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. Vernon Press. (in press)

Key Publications - Journal Articles

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. (in press)

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.

PhD Supervisor

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