I am from Istanbul and taught there nearly a decade before taking up the post of Associate Professor in Ottoman History at Oxford. Prior to that, I studied at Harvard and held a fellowship in Berlin. As a cultural historian of the early modern Ottoman empire, I work on dreams, life writing, and urban imaginaries.
Currently, I am working on a book project, which explores the role of imagination in the making of urban communities in early modern Istanbul. I am particularly interested in the worlds of Ottoman poets, scholars and Sufis, where dreams changed lives; the dead appeared in broad daylight; and biographers invited their readers to the gardens of remembrance.