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People: Adjunct and Affiliated Faculty

Kaya SahinKaya Sahin

  • Associate Professor, Department of History
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Central and Eurasian Studies
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures


  • PhD, University of Chicago, 2007 (History)

Research Interests

  • The 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

Contact Information

Office: Ballantine Hall 814
Phone: (812) 856-0309

Publication Highlights

  • Empire and Power in the Reign of Süleyman: Narrating the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman World. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • "Imperialism, Bureaucratic Consciousness and the Historian’s Craft: A Reading of Celalzade Mustafa's Tabakatu'l-memalik." In Editing the Past, Fashioning the Future: Historiography of the Ottoman Empire, edited by Erdem Çipa and Emine Fetvaci. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013.
  • "Constantinople and the End Time: The Ottoman Conquest as a Portent of the Last Hour." Journal of Early Modern History 14 (2010): 317–54.

Honors and Awards

  • SSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship for Transregional Research: Inter-Asian Contexts and Connections, 2012–2013.
  • Sherman Emerging Scholar, 2011–2012, University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
  • The Newberry Library, Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities, 2010–2011.
  • NEH Summer Seminar Participant, "Re-Mapping the Renaissance: Exchange between Early Modern Islam and Europe," University of Maryland, June–July 2011.
  • Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Middle Eastern Studies, Northwestern University, Department of History, 2007–2008
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