Sylvia Önder is a teaching professor of Turkish in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies as well as in the Department of Anthropology. She is a faculty fellow in the Center for Social Justice and in the Disability Studies Working Group. She serves on the Board of the American Research Institute in Turkey and as a member of the Board of the Institute of Turkish Studies. She is the director of the Turkish Language and Culture Program in the Division of Eastern Mediterranean Languages in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the College. She joined the Georgetown faculty in 1998.