Dr. Dilek Soileau began working as a researcher with a postdoctoral position at the Orient-Institut Istanbul on December 1, 2020. Dr. Soileau, an anthropologist, completed her PhD with a concentration in history of the Republic of Turkey. Her fields of study include Alevi-Bektashi communities/culture and issues related to Kurdish history during the Republican period. She obtained her bachelor’s degree at Ankara University, at the Faculty of Language, History and Geography, in the Anthropology Department with a thesis titled “Dil, Beyin, Kültür İlişkisi [Language, Brain, Culture Relationship]” in 1996. She completed her master’s degree in Social Sciences at the Hacettepe University, Department of Social Anthropology in 2006 with a thesis titled “Elif Ana (Maraş-Pazarcık) Ziyareti Üzerine Antropolojik Bir Çözümleme [An Anthropological Analysis on the Shrine of Elif Ana (Marash-Pazarcik)]”. Dilek Soileau completed her doctoral dissertation titled “Koçgiri İsyanı’nın Sosyo-tarihsel Açıdan Analizi [Socio-historical Analysis of Koçgiri Rebellion]” at Ankara University, Institute of Turkish Revolution History with an interdisciplinary study. She is a member of the Middle East Ensemble at UCSB (University of California Santa Barbara), who played baglama and took part in the choir from 2000 to 2003 at UCSB. In addition, under the direction of Prof. Dr. Scott Marcus, she served as the director of Turkish Folk Music Department with Dr. Mark Soileau. She also performed numerous performances with the mentioned orchestra in the United States. In 2015 Dr. Soileau taught “Introduction to Anthropology” and “Dersim History” at Munzur University (previously known as Tunceli University). Moreover, she is the founder and director of Munzur Academy Culture, Art and Tourism Association in Dersim (Tunceli) since its establishment in 2018. She still continues her academic, cultural and artistic activities within the association. Dr. Dilek Soileau is currently working on the “Göç, Bellek ve Müziksel Dışavurum [Migration, Memory and Musical Expression]” project at Orient-Institut Istanbul.