Feyza Akova




Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Religion, Theory


Feyza Akova is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Notre Dame. She is an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society (CSRS) and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Feyza earned an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Houston, and bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Istanbul.

Feyza’s research focuses on moral selfhood, tradition, and religion in the context of modernity. Her dissertation, entitled “Conversion to Tradition in a Modern Age: A Study of Western Converts to Traditional Sufism,” investigates the meaning of attraction to traditional Sufism, how individuals involved in Sufism navigate their faith in the context of modernity, and how those individuals’ moral transformation occurs.