Who I Am:

· I am Serdar to some, Kaya to others
· I am Kay in Starbucks
· I am in my forties
· I am a social scientist, traveler, stock photographer, video-maker



I am interested in:

· stories of migrants and migration
· American civil rights movement of the fifties
· the counterculture of the sixties
· big history, apes, human nature
· group psychology, cults, nationalism
· social media, AI, the digital future
· smartphone cameras, digital filters, AI art
· world cinema, filmmaking



I like:

· beatniks, hippies, The Beatles, Pink Floyd
· BC's draft dodgers from the U.S.
· people who are larger-than-life (e.g., The Amazing Randi)
· rationality and intelligence with wit (e.g., Monty Python, Emily Yoffe)
· devotion to something beautiful and finding peace in it (e.g., Jane Goodall, Rick Rubin)
· German rap, rock music



Background:

· I am Canadian -- and perhaps more Vancouverite than Canadian
· I was born in Turkey to Georgian parents
· Besides Turkey and Canada, I lived in the United States and Australia
· In the U.S., I completed degrees in Finance, and International Relations
· In Canada, I completed a doctoral program in political science
· In Australia, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher
· I was fortunate enough to travel far and wide
· The Pacific Northwest is my home -- but I love the entire West Coast
· I adore cultures, and I consider myself a world citizen
· I vote, but I am not partisan
· I don't identify as anything but cosmopolitan
Last Updated: Summer 2021