Canan Topçu was born in 1965 in Bursa, in Turkey, and has lived in Germany since 1973. After studying literature and history in Hannover, she trained as a journalist with the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, then worked with the Frankfurter Rundschau from 1999 to 2012. Since 2012, she has worked as a freelance journalist for various radio stations, as well as print and digital media. Her main subjects are immigration, integration and Islam. She is also an associate professor with the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences (Departments of Media and Social and Cultural Sciences), and with the Hessen Police and Administration College. Since 2012, she has also contributed to the Schwarz-Rot-Bunt Foundation and is a member of the management board of the Hessen Religion and Society Forum. She is a founding member of Neue Deutsche Medienmacher – NDM (“New German Media Makers”) and is the regional coordinator for NDM in the Rhine-Main area. From 2004 to 2013, she was a committee member for the countrywide Intercultural Week. She took part in the German Islam Conference, launched by Minister of Internal Affairs Wolfgang Schäuble, and was a member of the advisory board on the integration of Muslims, for Minister of Internal Affairs of Lower Saxony, Uwe Schünemann. In 2007, she published her first book “EinBÜRGERung”. In this book about becoming German, she researched the feelings and experiences of "foreigners" in Germany, and also shared some of her own experiences.
- Meine Heimat ist Deutschland, sofern man es meine Heimat sein lässt, in: Migration und Alltag, Schwalbach 2010
- EinBÜRGERung. Lesebuch über das Deutsch-Warden. Brandes & Apsel, Frankfurt/Main 2007
- ...aus dem Inneren der Sprache (Hrsg.) with May Ahim. Internat. Kulturwerk. Hildesheim 1995
She has not yet published any books in Turkish.