I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington. During the 2017-18 academic year, I was a residential doctoral fellow at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations.
I am a social historian of late Ottoman Empire whose primary research interest is in the Jewish communities of Western Anatolia. A solid curiosity about marginal figures in history forms the basis of my research.
My dissertation project, “Corporeal Constructions of Jewish Marginality in Izmir, 1847-1913” focuses on marginality among Jews of Izmir and the construction of biological and social markers of difference with regard to the poor, prostitutes, those deemed insane, converts, and criminals, based on original research in Ladino, Ottoman Turkish, Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic, and French.