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Nilay Özok-Gündoğan

Current Position:

Visiting Assistant Professor, Binghamton University 2016-2017

Assistant Professor of History, Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey

BA, Political Science, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.

MA, Modern Turkish History, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul.

Ph.D. Binghamton University, 2011



Professor Donald Quataert 


Nilay Özok-Gündoğan is a historian of the Modern Middle East with a focus on the late Ottoman Empire.  Before coming to Mardin Artuklu University, she worked as an Assistant Professor of History at Denison University, Ohio. Her recent research examines the transformation of the Ottoman state's frontier administration in Kurdistan province during the long nineteenth century. Her research interests include state-making, changing property regimes, and inter-ethnic relations in comparative imperial peripheries. Her current book project is provisionally entitled, Competing Meanings of Land, Autonomy and Property: Territorializing the Modern Ottoman State in the Kurdish Periphery, 1840-1920.


Recent Publications & Awards

"The Ottoman Empire," in John MacKenzie (ed.) Encyclopedia of Empire, Oxford: Wiley/Blackwell, Forthcoming).

"Ruling the Periphery, Governing the Land: The Making of the Modern Ottoman State in Kurdistan, 1840-1870," Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 34:1 (2014), 160-175.

"A Bottom up Approach to the 1908 Revolution in the Ottoman Empire: Rural Conflict in Post-Revolutionary Diyarbekir" in Joost Jongerden and Jelle Verheij (eds), Social Relations in Ottoman Diyarbekir, 1870-1915. Leiden: E.J. Brill Publications, 2012.

"Social Development as a Governmental Strategy in GAP," New Perspectives on Turkey, no. 32, Spring 2005. Third Prize in the Harper Academic Research Competition.



Denison University Research Foundation Summer Research Grant, May-August 2013.

ACM-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell College, Iowa, 2011-2012.


Tell us what was special to you about your Binghamton experience:

Diversity of the student body and also faculty was the most exciting part of my Binghamton experience. 

Last Updated: 11/1/17