Deniz holds a B.A. from San Jose State University and an M.A. from Bilkent University in archaeology. She focused on social complexity and collapse, as well bioarchaeological methods. She worked at excavations in Turkey and Bulgaria.
At Notre Dame, Deniz will study social complexity and urbanization in the context of mortuary practices in Anatolia from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age, while integrating archaeological and bioarchaeological analysis. Deniz is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow and has advanced to candidacy.