Erol completed her PhD in 2009 with a dissertation on musical discourse, identity, and nationalism in the Greek Orthodox community of Istanbul in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As a post-doctoral research fellow at Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, in the Program for the History of Emotions, she expanded her research interests into the study of emotions, religious belief, and worship. In 2011–2012, Erol was a postdoctoral research associate at Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University. During the summer of 2012, she was a visiting scholar at Institute for Advanced Study, the School of Historical Studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation. Erol will be in residence at CES from September 2012 through May 2013.