Institute of Graduate Studies

Research Affiliates

Faisal Husain

Faisal Husain is a PhD candidate at Georgetown University’s Department of History. He is writing his dissertation on the establishment of a unified Ottoman imperial regime over the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in the early sixteenth century and the consequences of this political transition on the state, riparian communities, and the environment in the early modern period. Faisal has an MA in history from Yale University and currently serves on the editorial board of Global Environment. His research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays and the Institute of Turkish Studies. Faisal joined the Ottoman Studies program as a research affiliate during the fall semester of 2016.

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Ian Hathaway

Ian Hathaway is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in History and Renaissance Studies at Yale University, CT, USA. He earned his BA and MA from the University of Pavia, in Italy. His work focuses on early modern Mediterranean history, and maritime history. He is interested in the bureaucratic and legal instruments used to protect, promote, and event prevent the movement of people and goods across Mediterranean waters. He examines how legal frameworks, both Christian and Islamic, understood the issue of cross-cultural circulation, and how these frameworks percolated into international treaties, trade agreements, and most importantly every-day documents like patents and safe conducts.

In 2016 he started a two-year long dissertation research process, during which he travels to Turkey, Malta, Italy, and Croatia, thanks to the support of a Fulbright Scholarship for research in Turkey and of the CAORC Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Scholarship. He plans to conduct research at the Archivio di Stato di Venezia, The National Library in Malta, the State Archive in Dubrovnik, and the Başbakanlık Osmanlı Arşivi. In Turkey, he will also be immersed in intense language training, with the goal of eventually weaving together sources in Italian, Latin, and Ottoman, in order to offer a multi-perspective understanding on cross-cultural circulation in the sixteenth century Mediterranean. Ian joined the Ottoman Studies program as a research affiliate during the fall semester of 2016.

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Gencturk, Ahmet

Ahmet Gencturk is a PhD student in Department of Political Sciences and History at Panteion University, Athens, Greece.  He earned his B.A in International Relations degree from Faculty of Political Sciences of Ankara University, and M.A in Southeast European Studies from National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.  He also studied M.A in Political Sciences in Central European University, Budapest, Hungary.  Presently, he is writing his dissertation on American Board’s missionary works to Ottoman Greeks in the late 19th century under the supervision of Professor Sia Anagnostopoulou. Based on extensive bibliography, and significant and unpublished primary sources from primarily Greek, Ottoman and, American sources, Mr. Gencturk’s project treaties the interplay between the agents of modernization and the conditions of the Ottoman Greek community in the late nineteenth century, a period when interactions between the West and the Ottoman Empire were becoming increasingly complex. Intending to contribute to the re-conceptualization of the modern Mediterranean as a historical space, his work re-assesses the rigid dichotomies of East / West, and center/ periphery, and focuses on the fluid nature of these concepts.

Before joining the Ottoman Studies program as research fellow in March 2017, he spent one semester in Department of History and Cultural Heritage at Universita di Siena as exchange researcher and, one semester in Bielefeld Graduate School in History and Sociology as visiting research fellow. Gençtürk joined the Ottoman Studies program as a research affiliate from March  to October 2017.

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Iku Nagashıma

Iku Nagashıma is a second-year Ph.D. student at Oriental History
Course of Waseda University in Tokyo, and Research Fellow of Japan
Society for the Promotion of Science. He earned his BA and MA in
Oriental History Course of the same university and learned Korean,
Chinese, and Ottoman Modern History. He is interested in Modern
Oriental and Military History. In the doctoral dissertation, he
focuses on the Ottoman Army in the era of II Abdulhamid (1876-1909).
Generally, he will examine how the Ottoman army coped with "failures"
at peace-time. Concretely, he researches problems like the setback of
defense of border between Ottoman-Autonomous Bulgaria, the soldiers'
disobedience in the ceremony and so on. His plan is to draw/not to
draw the Ottoman version of "умом Россию не понять" which is the poem
of F. I. Tyutchev (Russia cannot be understood intellectually). At
least, the Ottoman Empire and its army are different existences from
"disciplined" Japan and cannot be understood by "modernized" Japanese.
In that case, what were the dreams or futures Ottomans have been
looked at? Do these dreams and futures connect with present-day?
Otherwise, do these differ from present-day? He tries to catch clue
through his study.

Iku joined our program as a research affiliate, under the supervision of M. Mert Sunar, between October 2017 and March 2019. 

Tommaso Stefini

Tommaso Stefini is a fourth-year Ph.D candidate at Yale History Department, New Haven (CT), USA. He earned his BA in Middle Eastern Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice (Italy) in 2009 and his MA in Ottoman history at Boğaziçi University (Istanbul) in 2013. His work deals with long-distance and cross-cultural trade between the Ottoman and the Venetian Empires in the early modern Mediterranean. In his doctoral dissertation, he focuses on legal and economic institutions - international treaties, Ottoman and Venetian tribunals and legal codes, customary norms- in early seventeenth-century Istanbul and on their role in regulating the international trade of both Venetian and Ottoman merchants. His overall aim with this project is to readdress the alleged “long divergence” between Ottoman and European legal and economic systems and to provide more evidence of a “shared world” of economic and legal norms and institutions in the early modern Mediterranean.

Starting in September 2017, he will conduct a one-year long dissertation research in Ottoman and Venetian archives in Istanbul and Venice. In Istanbul, he will work on a vast array of Islamic court records (sicil) at İsam (İslam Arıştırmaları Merkezi) and, at the Başbakanlık Osmanlı Arşivi, on the records of the Imperial Council (divan-ı hümayun). In Venice, he will do research in the Archivio di Stato di Venezia on the records of the Venetian consular court in Istanbul. His research has been supported by Yale MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. Stefini joined the Ottoman Studies program as a research affiliate during the fall semester of 2017.

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