Başak Can has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. She started working as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Koç University in 2014. She is a medical anthropologist with an interest in the intersections of human rights, state violence, gender, politics of care and body. She is currently working on her book manuscript tentatively titled, Forensic Fantasies: Doctors, Documents and the Limits of Truth in Türkiye. Her research has led to several publications in peer-reviewed journals including Medical AnthropologyMedical Anthropology Quarterly, Reproductive Health Matters, New Perspectives on Türkiye, Communication, Culture & Critique, and Media, Culture & Society. She has also published articles in peer-reviewed journals in Turkish such as Toplum ve BilimToplum ve Hekim and Moment Dergi.