HALİL İNALCIK,  Professor, Founder of the Department

Professor Inalcik passed away on July 25, 2016. Prof. Inalcik’s presence at Bilkent will be greatly missed.

Bilkent Community Mourns the Loss of Halil Inalcik.

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MEHMET KALPAKLI, Associate Professor, Chair

He earned his Ph.D. in Turkish Literature from the University of Washington and Istanbul University in 1992. He specializes in Ottoman literature and cultural history, Near Eastern languages and literatures, modern Turkish literature, theory of literature and the use of computers for humanities. He is a co-founder and active participant in Ottoman Text Editing Project (OTAP) at the Middle East Center of the University of Washington.

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Office phone: (+90) 312 290  2386

e-mail: kalpakli@bilkent.edu.tr

DAVID E. THORNTON, Assistant Professor, Acting Chair

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge (Queens' College) in 1991 in the Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. Prior to joining Bilkent, Dr Thornton worked as a post-doctoral research scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Dublin, and as research assistant at the Unit for Prosopographical Research, Linacre College, Oxford. His primary fields of research are the political history of the British Isles during the early Middle Ages, especially Ireland and Wales before 1100, and Anglo-Norman England. In addition, he is interested in medieval prosopography, historical anthroponymy, and computer applications for medieval history. He is currently working on nominal record linkage methodology for medieval history, and is compiling a prosopography of Ireland before 1100.

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Office phone:  (+90) 312 290 1796

e-mail: tdavid@bilkent.edu.tr

ÖZER ERGENÇ, Professor

He received his Ph.D. from Ankara University in 1974, with a thesis entitled "1588-1596 Yılları Arasında Ankara ve Konya Şehirlerinin Mukayeseli İncelenmesi Yoluyla Osmanlı Şehir Müesseseleri ve Sosyo-Ekonomik Yapısı Üzerinde Bir Deneme" (A Research on Ottoman Urban Institutions and their  Socio-Economic Structures via a Comparison between Ankara and Konya in between 1588-1596). Prior to joining Bilkent University, Prof. Ergenç taught at Ankara University. He is a member of Turkish Historical Society (Türk Tarih Kurumu), History Foundation (Tarih Vakfı) and of TÜBİTAK, SOBAG (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Group). He is currently working on TÜSOKTAR (A Database Preparation on Social, Economic and Cultural History of Turkey) Project of Turkish Historical Society.

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Office phone: (+90) 312 290  1633 

e-mail: oergenc@bilkent.edu.tr

PAUL LATIMER, Assistant Professor, Student Coordinator

He received his Ph.D. in History from Sheffield University in 1982. An Assistant Professor in the department specializing in European History, Dr. Latimer has published on the position of the higher aristocracy in local administration, on the civil war in England 1215-17 and on various aspects of the economy and inflation in late-twelfth- and early-thirteenth-century England. He is currently working on the subject of English identity in north-western England between the eleventh and the thirteenth century, the role of castles in late-twelfth- and early thirteenth-century warfare, and on the Welsh economy at the time of Domesday Book.

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Office phone: (+90) 312 290 2076

e-mail: paul@bilkent.edu.tr

OWEN MILLER Assistant Professor

He received his Ph.D. in International and Global History from Columbia University in 2015. Before joining the Bilkent faculty, Dr. Miller taught at Columbia, Cornell University, Pratt, Emerson and Union Colleges. His primary fields of research are Ottoman-US relations, lowland-upland relations and global histories of missionaries. He is currently working on a monograph on a US missionary family in Hawaii, the Ottoman Empire and the US South.


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EVGENI R. RADUSHEV, Visiting Professor

He received his Ph.D. in Ottoman socioeconomic history from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in 1982, having the academic rank "Habilitated Doctor" (2003). Prior to joining Bilkent, Prof. Radushev worked as a Senior Research Associate in the Institute for Balkan Studies (Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), the Ottoman Archive – Sofia, and as an Associate Professor taught in the Department of History at Sofia University. His research area is Ottoman social and economic history with emphasis on demographic processes, ethno-religious and cultural interactions. He is currently working on a project concerning the common history of Muslim and Christian population in the Balkans during the Ottoman epoch.

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Office phone: (+90) 312 290 2387

e-mail: radushev@bilkent.edu.tr

KENNETH WEISBRODE, Assistant Professor

He earned his Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 2008. His interests are in Atlantic history, the history of US foreign relations, Latin American history and historical geography. He is co-founder and managing editor of the journal New Global Studies (published by Walter de Gruyter).

Office phone: (+90) 312 290 2862

e-mail: weisbrode@bilkent.edu.tr

LUCA ZAVAGNO, Assistant Professor

He Luca Zavagno graduated from the University of Venice (2002); he obtained his Ph.D. (2007) at the University of Birmingham with a dissertation on the society, economics and politics of Byzantine cities in the early middle ages. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Bilkent University. Dr. Zavagno is the author of many articles on the early Medieval Mediterranean, as well as two monographs: Cities in Transition: Urbanism in Byzantium Between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages and Cyprus between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. An Island in Transition. He co-authored (with Özlem Caykent) the edited volumes Islands of Eastern Mediterranean. A History of Cross Cultural Encounters and People and Goods on the Move. Merchants, Networks and Communication Routes in the Medieval and Early Modern Mediterranean . He is also the co-organizer of the Conference of the Mediterranean Worlds, Associate Scholar of the Mediterranean Seminar, member of the Princeton University FLAME-Framing the early Medieval Coinage and former Visiting professor in Byzantine Art History at the University of Venice.

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Office phone: (+90) 312 266 4061



Levent Yilmaz has been a visiting professor at Paris Nanterre University (ISP) since 2019 before joining Bilkent University (september 2021). His research focuses on European historiography (from the 15th to the 19th centuries). He worked with François Hartog at EHESS where he defended his PhD dissertation on the Quarrel of the Ancients and Moderns and historiography. His monograph on modern conception of time, Le Temps moderne is published in 2005 (Gallimard-Nrf/Essais). His articles appeared on Intellectual News, Storia della Storiographia, Bolletino degli Studi Vichiani etc. His recent work focuses on the theories of sociability, the historiography of origins and the formation of the social contract (from Machiavelli to Vico) and politics as an object of the human sciences. He was a Senior Braudel Fellow (European University Institute), Visiting Director of Studies at EHESS and Mellon Fellow at Harvard University, Villa I Tatti. He has also taught at the NYU and the Collège de France. 

Recent topics : History of “the modern” ; historiography and uses and abuses of the past ; foundations of the political thought ; 19th century and the origins of prehistory.  

Office phone: (+90) 312 2902378

e-mail: levent.yilmaz@bilkent.edu.tr


Janice Lee Jayes earned her Ph.D. from the History Department at The American University in Washington, D.C. after receiving earlier degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Georgetown University. Her dissertation was published as The Illusion of Ignorance: Constructing the American Relationship with Mexico, 1877-1920 (2011). She is interested in the politics of culture as they affect foreign relations and domestic visions of changing global circumstances, such as increased human transnational movement. During the 2021-22 year she will be a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Bilkent University and was previously a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt. She is based at Illinois State University in the U.S., which enjoys a tradition of hosting graduate students from the history department at Bilkent University. 

Office phone: (+90) 312 2902032

e-mail: janice.jayes@bilkent.edu.tr


Berke Torunoğlu is a historian, specializing in the social and political history of the modern Middle East, with a particular focus on the history of the Ottoman Empire. His first book, Murder in Salonika 1876: A Tale of Apostasy and International Crisis (Gorgias Press, 2012) was a study focusing on the events surrounding the murder of French and German consuls at Salonika in May 1876, and the following international crisis.
His current book project, tentatively titled Estranged Subjects of the State Neo-Hellenes and Neo-Russians in the Ottoman Empire 1830-1876, examines the formation of Ottoman nationality during the Tanzimat era. It argues that Ottoman nationality developed through an iterative process aimed at the containment and retention of individual subjects of the state, whose adopted nationalities posed a problem to the state's control.
He holds a PhD in Modern Middle East History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught courses on Ottoman, Middle Eastern, and Islamic history. Before coming to Bilkent, Berke Torunoğlu was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University and then a lecturer at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. 

Office phone: (+90) 312 2902098

e-mail: berke.torunoglu@bilkent.edu.tr


Suavi Aydın was born in 1962 in Ankara, Turkey. Professor Aydın graduated from Hacettepe University Sociology programm, and received his PhD from the Cultural Anthropology Department of Hacettepe University. Aydın studies on and teaches seminars related to ethnicity, historical anthropology, nationalism, cultural studies, settlement, tribes and nomads in Ottoman Empire and contemporary Turkey. Among his published works include Modernleşme ve Milliyetçilik-Modernization and Nationalism (1993), Kimlik Sorunu, Ulusallık ve Türk Kimliği– Identiy Question and Turkish Identity (1998), Mardin Tarihi. Aşiret, Cemaat, Devlet– History of Mardin: Tribe, Community and State (with K. Emiroğlu, S. Ünsal and O. Özel, 2000), Antropoloji Sözlüğü (with K. Emiroğlu, 2003), Küçük Asya’nın Binyüzü: Ankara– A Thousand Face of Asia Minor: Ankara, (with K. Emiroğlu, Ö. Türkoğlu and E. D. Özsoy, 2005), 1960’tan Günümüze Türkiye Tarihi– History of Turkey from 1960’s to Present (with Y. Taşkın, 2014), and İmparatorluğun Son Aşiret Sayımı: Fihristü’l Aşâir. Yorumlar ve Çeviriyazım– The Last Tribes Census of the Empire: Fihristü’l Aşâir. Interpretation and Transcription (with E. Çiftçi, 2021). He is also among the editors and writers of Alevism as an Ethno-Religious Identity: Contested Boundaries published by Routledge (2020).

Office phone: (+90) 312 2902813

e-mail: suavi.aydin@bilkent.edu.tr


Nil Tekgül received her BS degree from Boğaziçi University Department of Economics in 1987. She obtained her MSF degree from Seattle University Albers School of Business and Administration in 1996 and MA degree from Bilkent University Department of History in 2011. Dr. Tekgül earned her PhD in 2016 with her thesis titled “A Gate to the Emotional World of Pre-modern Ottoman Society: An Attempt to Write Ottoman History from the Inside Out” from Bilkent University Department of History. In 2017-2018 she continued her studies in Harvard University Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) as a visiting post-doc research scholar. She is currently working on her monograph titled Emotions in the Ottoman Empire: Politics, Society, Family in the Early Modern Era to be published by Bloomsbury in 2022. Her main fields of interest include history of emotions, conceptual history, daily life in early modern Ottoman society.

Office phone: (+90) 312 2902208

e-mail: nil.tekgul@bilkent.edu.tr


In memory of




who taught at our department between 1999-2006