My research interests include trans-imperial history from the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean, nineteenth century Ottoman and Russian empires, religious and merchant networks, Sufi orders in the Ottoman Empire, nationalism, modernity, Islamic modernism and Sufism.
I am interested in the imperial histories in the nineteenth century with specific focus in the Ottoman and Russian Empires. I primarily study the trans-imperial networks of the cosmopolitan merchant and religious communities, and explore their interaction with the technological and political developments of the nineteenth century. I try to understand how mobilizing their ability to connect distant physical and social spaces under the sponsorship of empires, these non-state communities contributed to the political, social and intellectual discourses with their own interpretation of the era. For my research, I borrow from the literatures of nationalism, Islamic modernism and Sufism, and my discussion covers an imperial geography from the Balkans and Mediterranean to Central Asia and India.
- Central Asian History
- “A Sheikh in the Sultan’s Service: Suleyman Efendi between Ottoman Islam and Turkish Nation, 1827-1890”
Working Dissertation Title
- “In the Service of Sultan and God: Sufi Networks, Islamic Politics and the Late Ottoman Order in the Age of Empires”
- MA, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
- Dissertator Fellowship – UW, Madison History Department – Fall 2016
- Summer Research Grant – UW, Madison History Department – Summer 2016
- Research Travel Award – UW, Madison Graduate School – Summer 2016
- FLAS Fellowship – UW, Madison Center for South Asia – 2015-16 Academic Year
- FLAS Fellowship – UW, Madison Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia – Summer 2015
- Summer Language Study Grant – Turkish Studies Institute – Summer 2015
Courses Taught as TA
- History 448 – An Introduction to World History, 2014-15 Academic Year