I am a Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching associate in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the Ohio State University. I have received a B.A. in Turkish Language and Literature, a B.A. in History, and an M.A. in History from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. I was also a doctoral fellow at Orient-Institut Istanbul during the 2016-2017 academic year as I conducted research in various manuscript libraries andchives in Turkey for my dissertation project.
Here at OSU, I am specializing in the intellectual and social history of the modern Middle East, with a particular emphasis on the emergence and development of modern history writing during the late Ottoman and early Republican Turkish periods roughly between the 1840s and 1930s. Examining the transformation of modern history writing from an imperial context to a national one, my dissertation project explores the ways in which institutionalization, professionalization and gradual nationalization of Ottoman and Turkish history writing took place in this particular period.
My research interests also include theories of historiography, comparative modernities, history of Ottoman modernization, history of modern Central Asia, nationalism(s) in the Middle East, history of mass performances in the Ottoman realm, Ottoman literature, folklore.