I am currently a doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Washington and residential doctoral fellow at Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations.
I am a social and urban 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, “On the Margins of an Ottoman City: Politics of Exclusion in the Jewish Community of Izmir, 1847-1913,” focuses on the historical conditions which drove and sustained policing, punishment, and exclusion of Jewish marginals in Ottoman urban settings, based on original research in Ladino, Ottoman Turkish, Turkish, Hebrew, Arabic, and French.
I translate from Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, English, French, and Ladino.