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  • Koray Caliskan

    Co-Director, MS Strategic Design and Management


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    Koray Caliskan


    Koray Caliskan is the Co-Director of MS Strategic Design and Management and an Associate Professor of Strategic Design and Management at Parsons and Associate Editor of the Journal of Cultural Economy. He received his Ph.D. with distinction from NYU’s Politics Department, with which he won the Malcolm Kerr Social Science Award from MESA. His book Market Threads: How Cotton Farmers and Traders Create a Global Commodity came out from Princeton University Press and focused on global commodity markets and relations of economization. He is a co-founder of Mamame, a social innovation project bringing together the organizational form of cooperative and limited liability company in economizing under-represented women’s labor, which won the Entrepreneurship of the Year Award in 2017 from Microsoft Turkey. He directed, produced and wrote fiction and documentary films, including Esma, shown at Cannes Film Festival. His last research project on cryptocurrencies, their global communities and blockchains was selected to be a winner of the Scientific Breakthrough of the Year Award in Social Sciences by the Falling Walls Foundation. His book, based on this research, Data Money: Inside Cryptocurrencies and their Communities, Blockchains and Markets in in pre-order from Columbia University Press. Currently, on an ESRC collaborative grant, he is carrying out research on the economic sociology of digital advertisements.

    Degrees Held

    BA. 1995. Political Science, Bogazici University, Istanbul.

    MA. 1999. Politics, NYU, New York.

    Certificate. 2001. Commodity Options and Futures Trading, Rhodes College, Memphis. 

    Ph.D. 2005. Politics, NYU, New York


    Professional Affiliation

    American Sociological Association, ASA

    Design Research Society 

    Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, SASE

    Association for Social Economics, ASE

    Middle Eastern Studies Association, MESA

    American Anthropological Association, AAA 

    European Group for Organization Studies, EGOS


    Recent Publications


    2011. Market Threads: How Farmers and Traders Create a Global Commodity, Princeton: Princeton University Press.                                 

    Avail in 2023. Data Money: Inside Cryptocurrencies and their Markets, Communities and Blockchains, New York: Columbia University Press.

    Peer-Reviewed and Indexed Academic Articles: (Last 4 years only)

    2022. (with Matt Wade) DARN Part 1: What is Strategic Design? Social Theory and Intangible Design in Perspective, She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation. Vol. 8, Iss. 3, Autumn 2022, pp. 299-318. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sheji.2022.10.001

    2022. (with Matt Wade) DARN Part 2: An Evidence-Based Research and Prototyping Methodology for Strategic Design, She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation. Vol. 8, Iss. 3, Autumn 2022, pp. 319-335. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sheji.2022.11.002

    2022. (with Peter Karnoe and Julia Kirkegaard) Introducing the Lens of Markets-in-the-Making to Transition Studies: The Case of the Danish Wind Power Market Agencement. Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Vol. 44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eist.2022.05.003

    2022. (with Michael Lounsbury) Entrepreneurialism as Discourse: Towards a Critical Research Agenda, Research in Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 72. Volume 81, pp. 43–53. doi:10.1108/S0733-558X20220000081003

    2022. The Elephant in the Dark: A New Framework for Cryptocurrency Taxation and Exchange Platform Regulation in the US. Journal of Risk Financial Management. Vol. 15, Iss. 3, pp. 1-18, https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm15030118.

    2022.  The Rise and Fall of Electra: A Cryptocurrency Community in PerspectiveReview of Social Economy, Vol 79, Iss. 4, 1-25, https://doi.org/10.1080/00346764.2022.2039404

    2021. Data Money Makers: An Ethnographic Analysis of a Global Cryptocurrency CommunityThe British Journal of Sociology, Vol 73, 168-187. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12916

    2021. Platform Works as Stack Economization: Cryptocurrency Markets and Exchanges in Perspective, Sociologica: International Journal for Sociological Debate, Vol. 14, Iss. 3, pp. 115-42. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1971-8853/11746

    2020. Polanyi, Callon, and Amazon: Institutionalist, ANT, and DRAN Approaches to Platform EconomiesSociologica: International Journal for Sociological Debate, Vol. 14, Iss. 3, pp. 195-204. https://doi.org/10.6092/issn.1971-8853/11748

    2020.  Data Money: The Socio-Technical Infrastructure of Cryptocurrency Blockchains, Economy and Society, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp. 1–22. https://doi.org/10.1080/03085147.2020.1774258

    2019. A Timely Rapprochement between Design Scholarship and Economization Studies, City, Vol. 23, Iss 4-5, pp. 673-675. https://doi.org/10.1080/13604813.2019.1682869

    2019. (with Julia Kirkegaard) When Socialists Marketize: The Case of China’s Wind Power Market Sector, Journal of Cultural Economy, Vol 12, Iss 2,  pp. 154-168. DOI: 10.1080/17530350.2018.1544581


    2022. Good Interventions: An Economic and Strategic Design Exhibition, Parsons School of Design, The New School.

    Data Sets

    2021    (with Enis Simsar) Twitter Interaction Data of Electra Cryptocurrency Community's Twitter Handle Followers and A Code for Follower Interaction Analysis. GitHub Repository https://github.com/enisimsar/DataMoney https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4618865

    2020    (with Ilker Birbil). Terms of Service Agreements of 251 Cryptocurrency Exchanges Representing 99.99% of Centralized Data Money Transactions. GitHub Repository  https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4126569

    2020 (with Ilker Birbil). The White Papers of Most Valuable 100 Cryptocurrencies. GitHub Repository https://github.com/sibirbil/DataMoney https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4126559

    Performances and Appearances

    How to make and destroy a cryptocurrency?



    Economies are Designed, so they be redesigned:


    Research Interests

    Digital Advertisement

    Intangible Design Methods


    Organizational Design

    Platform Economies


    Awards And Honors

    2021 Winner. Scientific Breakthroughs of the Year Award in Social Sciences and Humanities. The Falling Walls Foundation

    2021 Social and Economic Research Council Grant, UK. (720.000 USD with two team members).

    2018 Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies Fellowship, NSSR.

    2018 Short listed for the Georg-Forster Award, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung

    2018 Chancellor's Fellowship. University of Edinburgh, (Declined)

    2017 The Entrepreneurship of the Year Award, for mamame.com.tr Microsoft Corp, Kagider, Turkey.

    2015 Academic Achievement Award, Bogazici University, Rector’s Office

    2006 Outstanding Teaching Award, Bogazici University, Rector’s Office

    2005 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in Social Sciences, Middle East Studies Association of North America

    2005 New York University, Graduation with Distinction Certificate.


    Esma, Short Film, 18:00, Director, Writer

    In Flames, Feature Film, 100:00, Producer, Co-Writer

    Last Villagers of Avshar, 45:00, Documentary, Director

    Pipelines Made up of Donkeys, 45:00 Documentary, Producer, Al Jazeera

    Republic of Wonderland: Turkish TV Series in the World, Documentary, 240:00 (4 Parts), Producer

    Current Courses

    New Economies and Societies
    PGDM 5101, Fall 2023

    Past Courses

    Integrative Studio 2
    PGDM 5210, Spring 2023

    New Economies and Societies
    PGDM 5101, Fall 2022

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