After graduating from Uskudar American Academy, she went to the U.S.A. to pursue her graduate studies in Univeristy of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She got her M.A. degree in economics in 2001, and her Ph.D. degree in economics in 2005.
She worked as an assistant professor of economics at Bahcesehir University-Istanbul between 2005-2008. Since 2009 she has been teaching at the economics department of Izmir University of Economics.