Damla Demirözü was born in Ankara in 1971. She received her undergraduate degree from the Department of Classical Studies at Ankara University in Turkey (Ankara Üniversitesi, Dil ve Tarih Coğrafya Fakültesi, Eskiçağ Dilleri ve Kültürleri Bölümü). Following her graduation, she began working at the Department of Modern Greek Philology at Ankara University, which was established in 1990 and was the first of its kind in Turkey. In 1995, she was awarded a scholarship from the Council of Higher Education of Turkey to pursue her Ph.D. studies at the University of Athens. She completed her doctoral degree in 2000 and continued to teach at the Department of Modern Greek Philology in Ankara until 2013, when she was appointed as a full professor. Shortly thereafter, she started teaching at the Department of Modern Greek Philology at Istanbul University.
Her research interests include the Prose of the Generation of the 1930s, the image of the ‘Other’ (Turk in Greek narrative and Greek in Turkish narrative), the era of 1922 until the rapprochement of the 1930s, and the Generation of 1945. She is deeply committed to teaching modern Greek Language and Literature and translating academic papers and literature from Greek to Turkish. She strongly believes that understanding the image of the ‘Other’ (Greek/Christian in Turkish narrative and Turk/Muslim in Greek narrative) is essential for better Greek-Turkish relations and that academic research should not be framed within a nationalist