Courtesy of Fidan Neige
Welcome, and thank you for stopping by.
While I cannot offer you a cup of tea, as is the tradition in my Middle Eastern upbringing, I hope you will enjoy getting to know more about me and my scholarship.
I am a modern Middle Eastern and North African history specialist in the long nineteenth century and the interwar period. I explore intersectional historical processes that reinvented the Middle East and the larger world during the Age of High Imperialism, from the Scramble for Africa in the 1880s to the aftermath of World War I and into the interwar period. This is the period during which governance in many parts of the Middle East, as well as the world, transitioned from indirect imperial to centralized nation-state rule, with profound implications for today.
I earned my PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from Princeton University in 2021. Following that, I served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor during the 2022-23 academic year. I also hold a Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies from New York University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from the City University of New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from Bogazici University in Istanbul.
Beginning in January 2024, I will join Columbia University's Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies as a Visiting Assistant Professor.