Merve Aktar earned her PhD in English from the University of Southern California. As a doctoral student, she taught core curriculum academic writing and critical reasoning courses, and worked as a writing consultant at the Viterbi Academic Resources Center. Since 2018, Merve has been Assistant Professor in the IHU Comparative Literature Department. She is one of the founding members of the Munazara and Argumentation Ethics Research Center, and is currently involved in two Center-related projects. She is the principal investigator of “Young People's COVID-19 Narratives from an Argumentative Perspective, and Normative Implications,” and is a researcher in “Adab in Dialogue: Developing Argumentative Virtues in a Divided World.” Merve’s research areas are mainly English literatures between 1580 - 1850, cognitive literary criticism, and virtue argumentation.