Nilufer Duygu Eriten

Position title: TA: STS 201 with Professor Williford


Advisor: David M. McDonald

Office: 4260 Mosse Humanities Building
Mailbox: 4051 Mosse Humanities Building
Office Hours: By Appointment

Nilufer Duygu Eriten


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.


  • MA, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010


  • Central Asian History

MA Title

  • “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”

Selected Awards

  • 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 130 – An Introduction to World History; Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
  • History  307 – A History of Rome; Spring 2017
  • History 448 – An Introduction to World History, 2014-15 Academic Year
  • ILS201 – Western Culture: Science, Technology and Philosophy; Fall 2017 and Fall 2018
  • Inter-LS 145 – How to Succeed in College; Fall 2019