Yasemin Yusufoff Celikkol
Yasemin Yusufoff Celikkol studies global communication with an emphasis on transnational media, geopolitics, and culture, spanning the Balkans, Turkey, Russia, and Central Asia.
Celikkol pursued her education on three continents; in Bulgaria, the U.S., and Japan. She holds a B.A. in Politics from New York University; an M.A. in Language Education/Sociolinguistics from International Christian University in Tokyo; and an M.S. in Intercultural Communication from University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Immediately prior to Annenberg, she was a doctoral student at Drexel University’s Communication, Culture, and Media program for one year. She was the recipient of a number of academic distinctions, including the U.S. Department of Education Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS) for the study of Arabic and the Middle East.
Celikkol’s name is associated with baby sign language and positive discipline in Turkey, where she authored books and articles that were well-received by readers and the media. Her baby sign language book was the first book on sign language to be available in book stores, a development particularly appreciated by the Deaf community and the Hearing Impaired Federation of Turkey. She collaborated with the Federation to further disseminate sign language in Turkey, and was invited to present her baby sign language book during the World Disability Union General Assembly in Istanbul to delegates from 65 countries in 2011. She then became Secretary-General of the WDU and was recently re-elected during the WDU General Assembly in Moscow. She has presented at the United Nations on multiple occasions, on behalf of the WDU, representing more than one billion persons with disabilities around the world.
Celikkol most recently conducted research in Bulgarian, Turkish, Russian, and Spanish. She is also fluent in Japanese and a competent communicator in French, Italian, Macedonian, and Serbian.