About Andrea

I am a media professional based in the Netherlands, who has worked for almost ten years in the field. I am specialized in the history, politics, and society of Turkey. I am a native Italian speaker, and I am fluent in English and Turkish. I can read French and Spanish.

What Is Keeping Me Busy As of Late

I am currently the Turkey Media Roundup editor at Jadaliyya. As such, I compile weekly roundups that try to make sense of the variety of opinions about the more pressing political and social issues in Turkey, taking into account material published on both international media and local sources.

At the same time, I am working on developing a Ph.D. proposal.

The Things I Know

I hold a Master’s degree cum laude in Middle Eastern Studies with a specialization in Turkish Studies from Leiden University (2020). I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Linguaggi dei Media (Media and Communication Studies) from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan (2010).

I spent Fall 2019 as an Erasmus+ Exchange student at Sabancı University. In Istanbul, I conducted research for and effectively wrote the bulk of my MA thesis, Bringing Palestine Home: A Transnational History of Turkey’s Radical Left and Palestine (1967-1972), under the supervision of dr. A. Alp Yenen.

I Understand You When

  • When you speak to me in Italian, my first language.
  • When you speak to me in English, a language I speak and understand at a near-native level and the language of instruction of my MA.
  • When you speak to me in Turkish, a language I have studied in Milan between 2015 and 2017, at the Türkçe ve Yabancı Dil Uygulama ve Araştırma Merkezi (Turkish and Foreign Languages Research and Application Center) in Izmir in Summer 2017, and at Leiden University between 2018 and 2019.

Me, before the Netherlands

From 2011 to 2018 I was based in Milan, where I worked as a journalist and breaking news editor for the national daily il Giornale and for the website Gli occhi della guerra, now InsideOver Italia.

As a journalist, I covered a vast array of topics, focusing mostly on foreign affairs, and particularly on Turkey between 2016 and 2018. I covered crucial moments of Turkey’s political life, such as the aftermath of the failed coup d’etat in 2016, the constitutional referendum in 2017, and a number of elections and political developments, realizing both news updates and analytical essays.