Scholars of Turkish Studies @ OSU

Dr. Danielle Schoon, Lecturer with the Department of Near East Languages and Cultures and the Department of Dance

Danielle V. Schoon holds a dual Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Dance Studies from UCLA. Her thesis explored the role of ‘Gypsy’ stereotypes in American belly dance performances. Her dissertation entailed 14 months of fieldwork in Turkey, funded by a grant from Fulbright-Hays, and is entitled Becoming Roma: Gypsy Identity, Civic Engagement, and Urban Renewal in Turkey. Her publications include a 2014 article in CITY, “Sulukule is the Gun and We are its Bullets: Urban Renewal and Romani Identity in Istanbul” and “Erasing the Stereotypes Inherent in American Belly Dance” in Habibi Journal on Middle Eastern Dance (out of print).

Danielle has served on the board of Cross-Cultural Dance Resources, Inc. (CCDR) for almost two decades and published several articles in their monthly newsletter. She has studied a diverse range of dance techniques, including Flamenco, Bharata Natyam, and Turkish Roman (Gypsy) dance, and she performed as a professional belly dancer for ten years in Tucson, AZ. A long-term instructor of both dance technique and Dance Studies courses from Kinder Ballet to community college, Danielle joined the OSU Dance faculty in 2015 and teaches a graduate seminar in Ethnographies of Dance and Performance.


Dr. Magda El-Sherbini, Professor with the Department of Near East Languages and Cultures/ Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian

Magda El-Sherbini was named the Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian effective August 1, 2017. Prof. El-Sherbini is coming from the Technical Services Division where she served as Head of Collection Description and Access Department. Prior to this, she was the Middle East Cataloging Specialist at OSU and Arabic Materials Specialist at Georgetown University. Ms. El-Sherbini was awarded two Fulbright grants; at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt (2010-11) and American University of Kuwait (2016-18). She has served as Vice-President, President and Program Chair of the Middle East Library Association.

Her recent monograph – Recourse Description and Access has been awarded the prestigious American Library Association’s ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award in 2014. Her extensive list of publications includes bibliographic essays on Nagib Mahfuz and the topic of terrorism.

She has taught Freshman Seminars at OSU on “Women in Islam” and “Image of Arabs in Western Media”.


Dr. Morgan Liu, Associate Professor & Interim Chair with the Department of Near East Languages and Cultures

Morgan Y. Liu is a cultural anthropologist studying Muslims in former Communist countries, the impact of oil extraction on Central Asian societies, urban space, and Islamic ideas of social justice. His broadest interests concern how Central Asians make sense of and act on structural inequalities and abuses of power. This includes using an ethnographic lens on the developing connections between Central Asia, Turkey, and China. He is an Associate Professor in Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, The Ohio State University.

Before coming to the Ohio State University he was a postdoc at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University. His Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan in Anthropology. Courses he teaches are about Middle Eastern culture, Central Asia, Islamic revival and social justice, and cultural theory.

His 2012 book, Under Solomon’s Throne: Uzbek Visions of Renewal in Osh, concerns how ethnic Uzbeks in the city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan think about political authority and post-Soviet transformations, based on research using vernacular language interviews and ethnographic fieldwork of urban social life from 1993 to 2011.

See my personal website (link on this page) for more about my work, teaching, and useful resources about Central Asia.


Trisha Myers, Ph.D. Candidate with the Department of Near East Languages and Cultures

Areas of Expertise:
Early Modern Ottoman Empire
Islamic Advice Literature
Turkish Studies

Bachelor of Arts, History – University of Cincinnati
Master of Arts, NELC – Ohio State


Dr. Johanna Sellman, Assistant Professor with the Department of Near East Languages and Cultures

Johanna Sellman received her PhD in Comparative Literature from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include contemporary Arabic and francophone literature, migration literature, gender studies, visual cultures of North Africa and the Middle East, and Arabic literature and theater in the Nordic Countries. Johanna Sellman’s current book project, The Borders of Belonging: Re-Imagining Citizenship in Contemporary Arabic Migration Literature, analyzes recent Arabic literature of forced migration to Europe and the way that it is staging shifting understandings of citizenship, migration, and exile. Her recent work in the OSU Libraries has allowed her to develop a specialization in critical pedagogies and information literacy for the classroom.

In NELC, Johanna Sellman teaches courses in Arabic language and literature, comparative literature, contemporary Arab cultures, and translation studies.


Nathan Young, Ph.D. Candidate with the Department of Near East Languages and Cultures

Areas of Expertise:
Modern Turkish
Turkish Folklore and Village Life
Turkic Central Asia


Dr. Snjezana Buzov, Affiliated Scholar with the Department of Near East Languages and Cultures

Selected Publications Books: Transl. Opširni popis bosanskog sandžaka iz 1604, vol. 2 / Defter-I Mufassal-I Livâ-I Bosna, ec’-cild-I’s- sani, Sarajevo: Orijentalni institut & Bošnjacki institut, 2000, 652 p. Articles: -“History”, In Key Themes for the study of Islam, Ed. By Jamal Elias (forthcoming, Oneworld publications 2010). -“Friendly letters: The Early 18th Century Correspondence between Venetian and Ottoman Authorities in Dalmatia,” Tolerance and Intolerance in Triplex Confinium: Approaching the “Other” on the Borderlands Eastern Adriatic and Beyond 1500-1800, Ed. By Egidio Ivetic and Drago Roksandic, Padova: CLEUP, 2007, 215-222. – “Ottoman Perceptions of Bosnia as Reflected in the Works of Ottoman Authors Who Visited or Lived in Bosnia,” International journal of Turkish studies, Vol. 10, Nos. 1 & 2, pp. 83-92. – “The Problems of Muslims in Non-Muslim States of the Balkans: Bosnians, Albanians and Others,” In L. A. Tritle ed. Balkan Currents: Studies in the History, Culture and Society of Divided Land, Los Angeles: Loyola Marymount University, 1998, pp. 33-45. Recent Grants: 2007 ACLS-SE European Studies Conference Grant, “Conversion to Islam and Islamization in the Early Ottoman Balkans.” (Conference Organized in Sarajevo, Oriental Institute, June 5-7 2008). 2005 NEH Collaborative Research Grant (Bosnian Muslim Women in Public Space: Seventeenth to Nineteenth Century) Undegraduate Courses Taught: Literatures and Cultures of the Islamic World Intellectuals in the Middle East Modern Turkish Poetry and Prose Turkish Sufism Turkish Literature in Translation Travels in Turkey


Allison Hansen, Student of International Relations


Carolin Mueller, PhD Candidate with the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures

Carolin investigates arts-based practices in pro-immigration activism, community projects, and literature to understand how arts-based strategies define specific political spaces in which claims to religion, ethnicity, democracy, and cultural diversity are negotiated. Her research involves conversations with Turkish citizens and migrants in Germany about refugee integration.


Dr. Patrick Visel, The Middle East Studies Collection at Thompson Libraries

The Middle East Studies (MES) office in Room 305 Thompson Library,  manages the Middle East Studies Collection at Ohio State University Libraries.  We Provide Bibliographic Assistance for researchers in Arabic, Persian, and Turkish as well as sources in western languages; manage approval plans and deal with vendors of books on the Middle East world-wide.


Yeliz Cavus, Ph.D. Candidate with the Department of Near East Languages and Cultures

Yeliz is a Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching associate in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. Her dissertation research focuses on international intellectual networks in Istanbul at the turn of the twentieth century. She has received a B.A. in Turkish Language and Literature, a B.A. in History, and an M.A. in History from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.

Her research interests include late Ottoman and early republican Turkish History, Ottoman historiography, history of Ottoman modernization, history of mass performances in the Ottoman realm, Ottoman literature, nationalism(s) in the Middle East, and history and folklore of resistance.

Currently, Yeliz is a doctoral fellow at Orient-Institut Istanbul as she does archival research in various manuscript libraries and archives in Turkey for her dissertation project.


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