Before joining Üsküdar University, Ayşegül Balta Özgen worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race and Immigration (CSERI) at University of Pennsylvania in 2019-2020. She completed her Ph.D. in sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2019. Her NSF-funded dissertation has received the 2019-2020 Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award from University at Buffalo. She received her B.A. degrees in sociology and political science & international relations from Boğaziçi University and M.A. in cultural studies from Sabancı University in Istanbul, Turkey. She defines herself as a scholar of international migration and her research broadly explores refugee integration. The big question that connects different pieces of her work is: how can newcomers to a place live together in harmony with people who have been living there, possibly for decades? She examines this topic in connection with sociology of organizations, sociology of law and policy, and urban sociology.