A week ago, I was asked to be a guest on a radio station, and although I have never done that before, I said “yes.” I was a bit nervous, but it was fun! We talked about my research, nineteenth-century Ottoman history, and unusual cases from the archives.  After the show, I had a horrible headache. I guess that was the price of my two-hour fame.

Macka, Istanbul


Last week, I was in Israel! I presented a paper on the historiography of modern Ottoman Jewish history at the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan. Great feedback, unlimited hummus, and the blazing sun… How could I ask for more?

Beck Auditorium, Ramat Gan


There are different types of friendships, it is obvious. My best friend is also a doctoral candidate and we are working on similar topics and time periods. Our transcontinental friendship is unique in many ways. When we meet, either in Ann Arbor, Seattle, or Istanbul we enjoy doing what we do every day with the bonus of doing it together. So, today we are at this cafe working on our papers, transcriptions, translations.

Espresso Royale Cafe, Ann Arbor, Michigan


What I like most about the Phd thing is being able to carry “my office” with me wherever I go. So, good morning everyone, from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The seminar/workshop starts on Sunday and participants are expected to have read all of the papers in advance and come prepared to discuss each other’s work. Hopefully, I will get feedback on one of the chapters of my dissertation. So, as I wait for my best friend (Tuğçe) to come back from the workshop she is attending this morning (academic friendships), I will be reading other participants’ papers and enjoying a bagel and coffee. Oh, how I love and miss bagels.

Espresso Royale Cafe, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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I have been getting questions about my translations of archival documents from the Ottoman State Archives. Hopefully, they will find themselves a place in the literature in the near future via an article or book chapter. Until then, I thought those interested in archival musings might want to have a look at this piece was written by me and published in Koc University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) blog. Here is the link.


I will be in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a week to participate in American Academy of Jewish Research (AAJR)’s Graduate Student Seminar. For this 10+ hours flight, I have archival documents to translate, articles to read, and cheesy movies to watch.

Istanbul Ataturk Airport


Mornings are better with good news. I have been selected to receive a summer travel grant from the American Academy for Jewish Research. So, it looks like I will be in Jerusalem in August for a month!

Beyoglu, Istanbul