Nursel Gülenaz studied economics in Istanbul and obtained a doctorate in art history. In 2010 the Remzi Kitabevi publishing house published her travel guide Zeyrek, Fatih, which was written with İnci Tüysüz. In 2011 she published her doctoral thesis Batılılaşma Dönemi İstanbul’unda Hanlar ve Pasajlar [Commercial Buildings and Passages of Istanbul in the Age of Westernization], in 2018 she published the travel guide Yedikule-Samatya, written with Oya Koca. A selection of poems that Nursel Gülenaz translated from Turkish into German with Angelika Overath was published in 2020 by btb-Verlag under the title So träume und verschwinde ich [So I dream and disappear]. Since 2001 Gülenaz has been teaching art history as a visiting professor at the Technical University of Istanbul, and she continues to practice the profession of tourist guide, which she learned during her studies.