Mija Sanders is a current PhD student in the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies at the University of Arizona. She is interested in gender studies, Turkish Studies, Yezidis, and migration.
Her current Fulbright-Hays funded project is on migration history in Izmir.
She earned her M.A. in Near Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona in 2012.
She earned her B.A. from Portland State University in International Studies focused on the Middle East, with a Minor in Turkish language, and a Turkish Studies Certificate.
Mija Sanders' work with Syrian refugees in Turkey examines the ways in which they make meaning of their newfound life worlds in Turkish society, including the gendered nuances of Syrian experiences with Turkish medical institutions and international aid organizations, and life in Turkish neighborhoods. These reflect Syrian anxieties about medical discourses and metaphors of violence used to interpret discriminatory practices on various social levels.
She speaks Turkish, Arabic and Kurdish, and volunteers mentoring refugee youth.