Banu Gökarıksel is Professor of Geography and The Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professor for Graduate Education at The Graduate School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She also has an appointment in the Curriculum of Global Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and adjunct appointment in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University. She received her PhD in Geography from the University of Washington, Seattle and MA in Sociology/Anthropology from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her research analyzes embodied and lived experiences of religion and secularism, the production of social difference, and the formation of subjects, borders, and territory.