Cigdem Slankard is an Assistant Professor of Film, Television and Interactive Media at Cleveland State University. She was born and raised in Turkey and received her BA in translation and interpreting from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) in 1999. She first came to the United States in 1998 to study film and video at State University of New York at Binghamton. In 2002, she received a Master of Fine Arts in filmmaking from Ohio University. Before moving to Cleveland she was an Assistant Professor at West Virginia State University in Institute, WV.
She has written and directed several short film and video projects including Spare Change (2002), Three Three Minutes (2001) and Palindromes (2005). Her work has been included in several exhibitions and film festivals including Istanbul International Short Film Festival in Turkey, Ohio Short Film and Video Showcase at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH; INVIDEO, an annual international video art festival in Milan, Italy; and Exhibition 280, a national juried exhibition hosted by the Huntington Museum of Art in West Virginia.