Sultan Kilinc

Sultan Kilinc
Assistant Professor
Phone: 315.443.9651

Sultan Kilinc, Ph.D. joins the Department of Teaching and Leadership of the School of Education as a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Inclusive Early Childhood Special Education in Fall 2019. At Syracuse University, Kilinc will be teaching graduate and undergraduate level courses, such as Seminar in Early Childhood Special Education, Families of Children with Disabilities, and Understanding English as a New Language Learners and Other Learners. 

Prior to joining Syracuse University, Kilinc was a Postdoctoral Scholar working in the Early Childhood Educators at Play Dual Language Learning Professional Development Program at Arizona State University (ASU) from 2016-19. During her postdoctoral years, she taught undergraduate courses, Orientation to Education of Exceptional Learners, and Multicultural Issues at ASU in addition to her extensive research agenda. Before her postdoctoral position, she served as a research assistant at ASU from 2012-2016. 


  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education and with a cognate area in Special Education, Arizona State University, 2016
  • B.A. in Early Childhood Education with Honors, Mugla Sitki Koçman University, Turkey, 2008

Research & Scholarship

Utilizing sociocultural, interdisciplinary, and social justice perspectives, in her research, Kilinc focuses on inclusive education policy and practices for historically marginalized students, including students with disabilities and students with refugee status. In addition, she examines the use of drama as a teaching tool in early childhood education settings to support inclusive education.

She has published in various peer-reviewed journals including International Journal of Inclusive Education, International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, and British Journal of Special Education.


Kilinc received the Fulbright Ph.D. award from 2010-2015. She is currently a member of the American Educational Research Association.