I am currently researching and writing on the foundational period of diplomacy between Tudor England and the Ottoman Empire, 1565-1607. This study involves consideration of the roles of the English court, the Levant Company, the various factions within the Ottoman palace, and the role of other parties as intermediaries. My approach aims to convey a multi-sided story of a complex relationship between multiple actors and institutions, rather than presenting a binary relationship between 'states' or a one-sided focus on the English alone. Influences on my work include the 'New Diplomatic History', E. Natalie Rothman's work on 'trans-imperial subjects', and the poststructuralist approaches to empire, culture, and religion demonstrated by scholars like Karen Barkey.
My primary area of interest is the Ottoman Empire from its birth until the seventeenth century. I am particularly interested in its political and organisational structure(s), as well as the social and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire and its peoples more broadly. I have also previously worked on Ottoman urban history, particularly in relation to Ottoman elite endowment of Islamic charitable foundations - awqaf/evkaf - within urban spaces, and its political, economic, and social consequences. More broadly, I am interested in the history of the Mediterranean basin as a regional system, Turkic history, and the history of slavery. Papers will eventually find their way to my profile at academia.edu.
Experience and Qualifications
After attending my local comprehensive school and the town sixth form college in Solihull, West Midlands, I graduated from Durham University with a First Class BA (Hons) in History. I was at Hatfield College. I also hold an MLitt in Middle Eastern History and Culture from the University of St Andrews. I spent two years living in Istanbul, Turkey, where I learned Turkish as a research language. I was a student at Sabancı Üniversitesi, picking up another MA in History. I also taught Social and Political Sciences to undergraduates at Sabancı throughout this period. I arrived at Oxford a year after leaving Turkey, having spent the intervening period variously mentoring, supporting, and teaching in the English faculty of a comprehensive school in the West Midlands. Secondary education and access to elite universities for people from less privileged backgrounds are causes close to my heart, and I volunteer regularly with Wadham College's access and outreach programmes. I also worked as senior editor for Asfar. I read Early Modern English, French, Turkish, plus a little bit of Persian and Ottoman. I am currently working towards improving my Ottoman and learning Italian in order to further my research skills.