Golonu’s research interests include Ottoman art and visual culture, modern and contemporary art from Turkey, art and ecology, and photographic histories of the Middle East. Her current book project Modernizing Nature/Naturalizing Modernization: Urban Greenspace and Cultural Memory in Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Lands looks at the design, function, use of recreational greenspace in key Ottoman cities during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Golonu’s art criticism has been published in Aperture, Art in America, Artforum, Art Papers, frieze, Modern Painters and X-Tra Art. She has lectured internationally at institutions including California College of the Arts, Institut Français d’Études Anatoliennes Istanbul, Museum of Photographic Arts San Diego, UCL London, Museums Quartier Wien Vienna, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Stanford University, the University of Rochester and the Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED). Between 2003-2008 Golonu served as a curator of contemporary art at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco where she worked on more than thirty individual and group exhibitions.