ESRA SAHTİYANCI ÖZTARHAN is an Associate Prof. in the Department of American Culture and Literature, Ege University, İzmir. She teaches various graduate and undergraduate courses in the same department since 2002. Her PhD thesis is entitled: İyi Kızlar, Kötü Kızlar: Günümüz Amerikan Kadın Romanında Cinsel, Etnik ve Sınıf Kimlikleri (Good Girls, Bad Girls: Class, Gender and Ethnic Identities in Contemporary American Bildungsromane). In 2018 she published a book on food memoirs entitled: Güncel Amerikan Etnik Edebiyatı ve Kültüründe Yemek ( Food in Contemporary Ethnic American Literature and Culture). Her areas of intrest are gender studies, cultural studies, contemporary literature, ethnic literature and regional cultures.