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.
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.
Office phone: (+90) 312 290 2386
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.
Office phone: (+90) 312 290 1796
AKIF KIRECCI, Assistant Professor
He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania. His main areas of research are comparative politics and civilization studies, Orientalism and its manifestations in cultural and international affairs, and intellectual movements, Islam, modernity and cultural transformations in the Middle East. He received Janet Lee Stevens Award at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. He is currently a member of MESA (Middle East Studies Association of North America), AOS (American Oriental Society), TASSA (Turkish-American Scientists and Scholars Association), and MESCHA (Middle East Social and Cultural History Association).
Office phone: (+90) 312 290 2378
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.
Office phone: (+90) 312 290 2387
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
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.
Office phone: (+90) 312 266 4061
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.
Office phone: (+90) 312 290 1633
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.
Office phone: (+90) 312 290 2076