As a social and urban historian of the late Ottoman Empire, I focus on historical conditions which drove and sustained intracommunal exclusion in Ottoman urban settings, specifically within Jewish communities of Western Anatolia. My dissertation project addresses this question during the period 1847-1923 in the Jewish community of Izmir, an Ottoman imperial port city, by studying the relationship between marginality, exclusion, and Ottoman modernization.

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 Koc University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul.


2014 – present: Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Washington

2013 – 2014: MSc in Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

2011 – 2013: MA in Political Science, Sabanci University

2007 – 2011: BA in Economics, Sabanci University

Blog Posts

    Upcoming Talks and Conferences

    “Tracing the Jewish marginals: Intracommunal exclusion and intercommunal solidarity in nineteenth-century Izmir.” Religion and Difference: Negotiating Otherness from Ancient to Contemporary Worlds Interdisciplinary Conference, Brown University, March 16-17, 2018


    Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)

    Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (OTSA)

    Association for Jewish Studies (AJS)

    European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS)

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