Şizen completed her BA and postgraduate degrees in Hispanic Studies in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at King’s College London. As teaching fellow and lecturer in Hispanic Studies at King’s College she taught a wide range of topics encompassing colonial and contemporary Latin American literature and culture, medieval and early modern Spanish literature and culture, and translation into English. Şizen has also taught at Bristol University and is Honorary Research Associate in Judeo-Spanish Studies at University College London. Her research interests focus on the representation of cultural relations between Christians, Muslims and Jews in medieval and early modern Spanish literature, particularly in the Castilian frontier ballads and the Judeo-Spanish ballads. Since 2004 Şizen has regularly tutored intensive residential courses at Villiers Park Educational Trust, Cambridge, aimed at giving A- and AS-level students a taste of what it’s like to study Spanish and Latin American Studies at university level.