Zozan Pehlivan is a historian of the modern Middle East, the Ottoman Empire, and Ottoman Kurdistan whose research and teaching focus on the history of environments, comparative empires, and pastoral nomads. She received her Ph.D. from Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario where her dissertation was awarded an "honorable mention" in 2015-16 dissertation prize competition for its original contribution to the fields of environmental and Middle Eastern historiography. Before joining the University of Minnesota, she held a two-year fellowship at the Indian Ocean World Centre (IOWC) of McGill University, Montréal, Quebec. Dr. Pehlivan is a "collaborator" on a 7-year, $2.5 million SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Partnership Grant for the project "Appraising risk, past and present: Interrogating historical data to enhance understanding of environmental crises in the Indian Ocean World." Under the directorship of Professor Gwyn Campbell of McGill University, the project aims to investigate six periods of historical and contemporary environmental (e.g. climate change, volcanism, monsoons, cyclones, drought) and human (e.g. famine, disease, conflict, migration) crisis, in order to elucidate past-to-to-present patterns that will help inform current and future risk preparedness and socio-human responses to environmental crises and disasters in the Indian Ocean world.