Nihal Celik Lynch is an CWW Associate and Visiting Scholar in the Center for Women & Work (CWW) at UMass Lowell.

Nihal Celik Lynch, Ph.D.

CWW Associate, Visiting Scholar, Center for Women & Work (CWW)

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Ethnography, Transnational Migration, Intersectionality, Feminisms, Gender, Work and Family

Research Interests

Transnationalism; Immigration; Paid Domestic and Care Work ; Work and Family; Gender at Workplace; Gendered Consequences of Post-Communist Transition in Central and Eastern European Countries

Regional Focus: The U.S., Central and Eastern Europe, Turkey


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
    Dissertation Title: “Transmigrancy Experiences of Eastern and Central European Au Pairs in the Washington D.C., Metropolitan Area.”
  • M.S., Sociology, The Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
    Thesis Title: “Immigrant Domestic Women Workers in Istanbul and Ankara.”
  • B.A., Sociology, Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals 
  • 2007 Çelik, Nihal. “Building Paths and Lives Through Migrant Networks: The Case of Post-Socialist Women Domestic Workers in Turkey.” The Journal of Mediterranean Studies 17(2): 185-210. 
Book Chapters
  • 2011 Çelik, Nihal. “Everyone Wants to Live in Their Home Countries If Possible: Transnational Labor and Living Practices of Women of Post-Socialist States Under Global Economy.” Pp. 252-68 in Inequality in A Globalizing World: Perspectives, Processes, and Experiences,” edited by S. Parashar and Y. Wang. Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.