Meet 2020-2021 Woodruff Fellow – Kemal Budak

1.  Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where are you from?

I am originally from Turkey, but I came to the United States in 2007. After living in several cities in Texas, my family and I finally moved to Atlanta in 2015 so that I could begin my graduate studies here at Emory.

Woodruff Library Fellow Kemal Budak

Kemal Budak

2. What is your favorite book?

War and Peace by Tolstoy.

3. What is your favorite thing about Emory/Atlanta?

I am fascinated by the natural beauty of Atlanta, which displays a different color in every season. Although I live far from Emory, I also love the neighborhood that Emory is located in.

4. What are you researching for your dissertation?

I am studying the religious socialization of Muslim immigrant children and have been doing an ethnographic study of three different weekend schools run by their respective mosques.

5. What interested you about the Woodruff Library Fellowship?

I am a fellow both at the Writing Center and the Woodruff Library. I like how the two are interconnected to each other. The opportunity to help students sharpen their writing and research skills got my attention in the first place.

6. What will you be working on this year for your Woodruff Library Fellowship?

I am working with Erin Mooney, the instruction and outreach librarian in the Woodruff Library and we are organizing various programs including dissertation bootcamps, Zotero (citation software) trainings, and other trainings.