Pelin Tan is a sociologist and art historian who is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at Mardin Artuklu University, Mardin and was Research Professor Design Strategies at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (2016). She completed her PhD on locality in urban art practices at Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul and her postdoctoral study on artistic research methodology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. She is a principal researcher of the Spatio-Social Analysis of Refugee Camps in Southeast Turkey project at Mardin Artukulu University, Mardin (2015–2017) and a lead author of Towards an Urban Society, the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP, edited by Saskia Sassen and Edgar Pieterse, 2015–2017). She contributed to publications on architecture, urbanism, and art such as (selection): 2000+: Urgencies of Architectural Theories (GSAPP, 2015), and The Silent University: Toward Transversal Pedagogy (Sternberg Press, 2016). Tan lives and works in Mardin.