- 1350 to 1800
- Middle Eastern History
- Russian and Eastern European History
- Empire and Colonialism
- The institutional and ideological aspects of Ottoman imperial governance
- Comparative studies of early modern Eurasian empires
- Ottoman and modern Turkish historiography
- The Ottoman-Safavid rivalry
- Inter-cultural and inter-religious exchanges in early modern Eurasia
- The emergence of new publics and political rituals in the late medieval and early modern periods
I am a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire, with a particular interest in history writing, governance, religious/confessional identity, and ceremonies and rituals.
I am a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire, with a particular interest in history writing, governance, religious/confessional identity, and the construction of discourses/fictions around the question of what it meant to be an Ottoman.
My first book revolves around the life and writings of an Ottoman career bureaucrat, Celalzade Mustafa (ca. 1490-1567), and discusses the rise of a new Ottoman bureaucracy, the emergence of a new historical consciousness, and the creation of an Ottoman imperial culture that saw itself in direct competition with the Habsburgs and the Safavids.
- Institutional and ideological foundations of the Ottoman imperial praxis; comparative studies of early modern Eurasian empires; Ottoman and modern Turkish historiography; the Ottoman-Safavid rivalry; inter-cultural and inter-religious exchanges in early modern Eurasia