Dr. Esra Ercan Bilgiç is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communication Systems at Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Communication. She studied Political Science and International Relations (BA) at Marmara University. She got her MA degree on Film and Television from Istanbul Bilgi University. She spent an academic year in the Department of Media and Communication at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she undertook doctoral courses on research design, research methods and statistics for social sciences. Bilgiç completed her doctoral dissertation at the Atatürk Istitute for Modern Turkish History at Boğaziçi University in 2015. Her research interests encompass the interaction of communication and nationalism, focusing on areas such as nationalism, media discourse, the discursive construction of national identity in media texts, and the history of Turkish modernization. Her book Vatan, Millet, Reyting: Televizyon Haberlerinde Milliyetçilik was published by Evrensel Yayınları (2008).