ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (Denmark), Marie Curie-COFUND Junior Fellow, 2016-19.
University of Jyväskylä (Finland) Post-Doctoral Researcher and Coordinator, Academy of Finland Project "Political Power in the Early Modern European and Islamic Worlds"; Coordinator, Nordic Exploratory Workshops “Eurasian Empires, Public Space/Sphere, and Collective Identities at the Threshold of Modernity”, 2014-15.
Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (Finland),Post-Doctoral Researcher, Fellow, 2012-14.
University of Memphis (USA) Online Course Instructor, 2011-12.
Stanford University (USA) Visiting Scholar at the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Mediterranean Studies Forum, 2011-12.
University of California, Los Angeles (USA) Teaching Assistant, Associate and Fellow, 2002-2008.
EDUCATION PhD: University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn., History (Near East), 2012.
C. Phil.: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), History (Near East), 2004.
M.A.: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), History (Near East), 2003.
M.A.: Central Europ. University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary, Nationalism Studies, 2000.
B.A.:Harvard University, Economics, 1998.
AWARDS AND PRIZES
Co-winner of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (MESA)’s 2010 Graduate Student Paper Prize with the paper – “The First Shift in (Modern) Ruler Visibility: The Reign of Mahmud II,” at MESA’s annual convention in San Diego, CA, Nov. 19, 2010.
Winner of the Turkish Studies Association of North America (TSA)’s 2010 Sydney N. Fisher Graduate Student Paper Prize with the paper – “The First Shift in (Modern) Ruler Visibility: The Reign of Mahmud II,” at TSA’s convention in San Diego, CA, Nov. 18, 2010.
University of Memphis History Department Best Dissertation Prospectus Award, Spring 2010.
UCLA Laura Kinsey Memorial Prize for Distinguished Teaching, April 2008.
Ella and Georg Ehrnrooth Foundation (Finland), July-December, 2015.
University of Memphis History Department Dissertation Completion Grant, 2010-2011.
University of Memphis History Department Grant for Summer Research at the Turkish Prime Minister’s Ottoman Archives in Istanbul, May 2010.
UCLA History Department Dissertation Writing Grant, 2008.
UCLA History Department Research Travel Grant for a trip to the Library of Congress, November, 2008.
UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies (CEES) Summer Pre-Dissertation Fellowship for Research in Russia, 2005.
UCLA Hans Rogger Fellowship for Research on Central and Eastern Europe, 2004.
SELECT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
“Images of the Own Group and the ‘Other’ in Bulgarian Popular Songs from the Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Balkan Wars (1912-13)” at the Politics of Enmity: Can Nation Ever Be Emancipatory? 5th International Conference of the Group for Social Engagement Studies, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, Belgrade, Serbia, 26-28 September, 2016.
“Ruler Visibility, Modernity, and Ethnonationalism in the Late Romanov and Ottoman Empires. A Finnish-Bulgarian Comparison.” at the 2016 Annual Conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, 2-4 April, 2016.
“God Save the Tsar! – The Ottoman Transformations of a British Anthem in the Mid-Nineteenth Century” at “FOR CRYING OUT LOUD: Music and Politics” International Conference in Utrecht, Netherlands (September 6-8, 2015).
“Ottoman Sultanic Celebrations, Monarchic Patriotism, Modernity, and Ethnonationalism in the Late Ottoman Empire (1836-1876). A New Framework” at the “Lines Between: Culture and Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean” International Conference, Nicosia, Cyprus (June 3-6, 2015).
“Spectacle for the Masses: Russian Imperial Festivities in Helsingfors (Helsinki), 1809-1885” at the Cities as Stages for Mega-Events Session of the Finnish Urban DaysConference in Tampere, Finland (May 11-12, 2015).
“Late Imperial Spectacle for the Masses, Mental Centralization and the Beginnings of Modernity and Ethnonationalism at the Popular Level. A New Model and Some Global Implications” presented at the Fourth European Congress on Global and World History, Paris (Sept.4-7, 2014).
“Images of Macedonia/Ohrid in Bulgarian Popular Songs from World War I” presented at the International Conference “The Great War: Regional Approaches and Global Contexts”, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (June 18-21, 2014).
“Beyond the Beautiful and the Brutal: Images of Odrin (Edirne) in Bulgarian Popular Songs from the Balkan Wars and the Contours of an Ethnonational Mindset” presented at the International Workshop Captivating Edirne. Resources, Connectivities and Imaginative Attraction of a Turkish Border-City in Europe held at the Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies (Freie Universität) and ZMO in Berlin, Germany (April 11-12, 2014).
“Public Celebrations of Emperor Nicholas I (1825-1855) in the Grand Duchy of Finland: Typology, Dynamics, Impact” presented at the International Conference “The Four Hundredth Anniversary of the Romanov House: Politics of Memory and the Monarchic Idea, 1613-2013 held at the European University (St. Petersburg) in St. Petersburg, Russia (March 26-29, 2014).
“Millet, Millet-ism, Nationalism. Missing Pages in the Creation of Modern Public Space and Identity in the Late Ottoman Empire and Beyond” presented at the First European Convention on Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies (Turkologentag 2014)of the Society for Turkic, Ottoman and Turkish Studies (GTOT) held at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany (Feb. 11-14, 2014).
“Ruler Visibility, Modernity, and Ethnonationalism in the Late Ottoman and Russian Empires (1825-1908). Beginnings of a Bulgarian-Finnish Comparison.” presented at the International SeminarFinland in Comparison II,organized by the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Historical Research in Tampere, Finland (Oct.7-8, 2013).
“Bulgarian ‘Folk’ Songs from the Balkan Wars and the Traits of the Ethnonational Mindset” presented at “Balkan Worlds: Ottoman Past and Balkan Nationalism” International Conference held at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece (October 4-7, 2012).
“Sultan Abdülmecid’s 1846 Tour of Rumelia and the Trope of Love” presented at “Living Empire: Ottoman Identities in Transition, 1700-1850” International Conference held at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada (April 20-22, 2012).
“‘Bulgar Milleti Nedir?[What is Bulgarian Nationality?]’ Syncretic and Fluctuating Forms of Belonging in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Istanbul” at The Orient Institute and University of Bamberg (Germany)’s “’Istanbul – ‘Kushta’ – ‘Constantinople:’ Diversity of Identities and Personal Narratives in the Ottoman Capital (1830-1900)” international conference held at the German Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey (October 13-15, 2010).
“The Origins of Modern Public Celebration of the Monarch in Southeastern Europe: Sultan Mahmud II, Alexander Ghika, Wallachia and Beyond” at University of Sofia’s “Power and Influence in Southeastern Europe, 16th-19th C.” international conference held in Sofia, Bulgaria (October 8-10, 2010).
“Solemn Songs for the Sultan. Cultural Integration through Music in the Late Ottoman Empire, 1840s-1860s” at University of Athens/Finnish Institute’s “The Ottoman Past in the Balkan Present: Music and Mediation” international conference held in Athens, Greece (Sept. 30-October 2, 2010).
“The Autocrat’s Sacred Aura. Religious Aspects of the Shaping of a Monarchic Persona in the Late Ottoman and Russian Empires, 1876-1908” at the 2008 MESA annual conference in Washington, DC.
“(In)visibility and the Shaping of a Monarchic Persona in the late Ottoman and Russian Empires” at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute Graduate Workshop “Russia and the Ottoman Empire: Transregional and Comparative Approaches” in New York, NY (April, 2008).
Panel Organizer: “Conquest of the City – Patterns of Monarchic Ceremonial Employment of Urban Space (Chair: Prof. Richard Wortman, Columbia University) and Presentation: “Spectacle for the Masses. Parading Autocracy in the Late Ottoman and Russian Empires” at the 2008 AHA annual conference in Washington, DC.
“Crowns, Swords and Thrones – Symbolic Deployment of Regalia in the Defense of Autocracy in the Late Ottoman and Russian Empires” at the 2007 MESA annual conference in Montreal, Canada.
“Cannon Salvos for the Monarch. Notes on the Ceremonial Usage of Artillery at Nineteenth-Century Ottoman and Russian Accession, Coronation and Other Public Dynastic Festivities” at Bosphorus University’s Ottoman Material Culture Workshop (organized by Prof. Suraiya Faroqhi), Istanbul, Turkey (September, 2006).
“Notes on Some Continuities and Discontinuities between Machiavelli’s Prince and its Last Chapter (supervised by Prof. Carlo Ginzburg), at UCLA’s European History Colloquium, Los Angeles, CA (June, 2004).
TEACHING EXPERIENCE Undergraduate Survey Courses
History of the Middle East (various formats), most recently: History of the Modern Middle East, 1700-Present (UCLA, University of Memphis)
History of Western Civilization (part I-III) (UCLA)
History of Southeast Asia (UCLA)
History of the United States until 1877 (University of Memphis)
Upper Division Undergraduate Seminars
Spectacle for the Masses. Microhistorical Approaches to the Analysis of Dynastic Processions in the Nineteenth Century (UCLA)
Theories and Histories of Modernity and Nationalism (UCLA, University of Helsinki, University of Jyväskylä)
Ottoman Turkish (advanced)
Modern Turkish (reading knowledge)
Italian (reading knowledge)
“Ruler Visibility, Modernity and Ethnonationalism in the Late Ottoman Empire.” Living in the Ottoman Realm: Sultans, Subjects, and Elites. Eds. Kent Schull and Christine Isom-Verhaaren. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016.
“Public Celebrations of Emperor Nicholas I (1825-1855) in the Grand Duchy of Finland: Typology, Dynamics, Impact.” 400th Anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty, 1613-2013. The Politics of Memory and the Monarchic Idea [in Russian]. Eds. Vladimir Lapin and Yulia Safronova. Saint Petersburg: European University Press, 2016.
“Sultan Abdülmecid’s 1846 Tour of Rumelia and the Trope of Love.” Living Empire: Ottoman Identities in Transition, 1700-1850. Virginia Aksan and Veysel ŞimŞek (eds.). The Journal of Ottoman Studies (JOS), issue 44, Istanbul: ISAM, 2014, 475-501.
“Sultan Mahmud II (1808-1839) and the First Shift in Modern Ruler Visibility in the Ottoman Empire” for the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (JOTSA) 1:1-2 (2014): 129-148.
“Patriotism in Transition: The Thought of Butrus al-Bustani, Mehmed Said Pasha and Ziya Gökalp,” in Butrus al-Bustani. Spirit of the Age. Adel Beshara (ed.). Melbourne: Iphoenix, 2014, 188-227.
“Solemn Songs for the Sultan. Cultural Integration through Music in the Late Ottoman Empire, 1840s-1860s.” Ottoman Intimacies, Balkan Musical Realities. Aspasia Theodosiou, Panagiotis Poulos and Risto Pennanen (eds.). Helsinki: Papers and Monographs of the Finnish Institute at Athens, vol. XIX, 2013, 13-30.
“The Ruler and the Ruled Through the Prism of Royal Birthday Celebrations. A Close Look at Two Documents.” Power and Influence in South-Eastern Europe, 16th-19th C. Maria Baramova et al (eds.). Berlin: LiT Verlag, 2013, 263-270.