Melanie Weißenberg received her Ph.D. in political science in June 2021 at the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. Weißenberg's dissertation focused on German-Turkish Women’s Practices of Transnational Mobility and Belonging in the Light of Intersecting Social Divisions. Previously, she graduated from the University of Bonn with a Master’s degree in Anthropology of the Americas, Comparative Religious Studies and Economics. She currently works as a field researcher for the ERC project titled “Nativism, Islamophobism and Islamism in the Age of Populism: Culturalisation and Religionisation of what is Social, Economic and Political in Europe,” and she is a research assistant at the department of cultural anthropology at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn. Her academic interests include ethnographic research, migration, concepts of belonging and intersectionality, urban research, and Turkish politics.