I am a specialist in modern Middle Eastern and North African history with a focus on the late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century transformations from empires to nation-states and their impact on borderlands and peoples in the peripheries. I received my PhD (2021) from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, an MA (2015) in Near Eastern Studies at New York University, an MA (2012) in Political Science at City University of New York and a BA (2007) in Political Science and International Relations at Bogazici University in Turkey.
My scholarship is primarily concerned with the conjunctures and contingencies that gave rise to modern state-making policies at the intersection of religion, ethnicity, and environment during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Middle East. In my current work around this topic, I combine a theoretical focus on the processes of state formation and nation building with in-depth knowledge of the histories of ethnic and religious minorities such as the Kurds, Alevis (historically known as Kizilbash), and Armenians, among others.
My background in political science and Middle Eastern studies informs my research and teaching, which integrate theoretical approaches from multiple disciplines and apply them to the study of history. I dedicated a significant amount of time to learning languages and traveling to different countries, which allowed me to develop local perspectives on the histories and cultures of peoples and places in different parts of the world.