Birce Gokalp was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey. She graduated with high honors from Bogazici University, double majoring in political science & international relations and management. Before coming to Yale, she interned at Microsoft in Istanbul for a year in the communications team, undertaking responsibilities in the media relations both at the local and global levels. She attended Stanford University for a summer quarter taking courses on economics and social entrepreneurship and received the certificate for International Management. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad at SciencesPo Paris focusing on European integration and multiculturalism, interned at Turkish Policy Quarterly, worked in the business development team of a tech startup and volunteered in Gaziantep, in Southeastern Turkey. At Yale, she focuses on the changing face of media, and its links to democracy and policy-making as well as to gender studies.