Collegiate Affiliation

I am a historian of the Ottoman empire and its many connections with the early modern world. My current research explores intersections between the intellectual life of the Ottoman Empire and Renaissance Italy, with a particular interest in antiquarianism, cartography, cosmography, and other forms of early modern science. I also have a deep interest in the history of travel literature and ethnographic writing, early modern diplomacy, and the history of maritime technology, as well as the comparative study of early modern empires and early modern slavery. In addition to my teaching and research, I am currently on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including Renaissance Quarterly, Medieval Encounters, and Arabic Humanities. I am also a co-editor of the Brill monograph series Translating Cultures in the Early Modern World and, since 2011, I have served as executive editor of the Journal of Early Modern History.

I am currently on leave from the University of Minnesota through September 2023, as the research chair in Early Modern Mediterranean history at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • PhD: History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, 2004


  • Ottoman Empire
  • Pre-modern and early modern world history
  • Modern Turkey