Dr. Kate Fleet
Dr. Kate FleetDirector

Dr. Kate Fleet was educated at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where she did her B.A. in Middle Eastern History and Arabic and her Ph.D. on the commercial relations between the Turks and the Genoese 1300-1453. She was appointed to the Skilliter Centre in 1991 and became Director in 2000. She is Graduate Tutor at Newnham College where she is a Fellow.

Kate Fleet has taught Ottoman history at SOAS, and Ottoman history, Middle Eastern history, modern Turkish history and Ottoman and modern Turkish at Cambridge, where she was the Newton Trust Lecturer in Ottoman History in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and the History Faculty from 2001 to 2011. She was Co-Editor of Eurasian Studies from 2002 to 2006, Editor-in-Chief of Turkish Historical Review from 2008-2018 and has been an Executive Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Islam Three since 2012.

Her research interests include Ottoman economic and social history, the economic history of the eastern Mediterranean in the early modern period, especially Genoese, Venetian and Florentine relations with the Ottomans, the Turkish beyliks and the Mamluks, early Turkish Republican economic and social history, including foreign economic activities in the region, and western historiography on the Ottoman empire and Turkey.

Her books include European and Islamic Trade in the Early Ottoman State: The Merchants of Genoa and Turkey (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999); A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), co-authored with Ebru Boyar; and Ottoman Economic Practices in Periods of Transformation: The Cases of Crete and Bulgaria (Ankara: Türk Tarih Kurumu, 2014), co-authored with Svetla Ianeva. She is editor of volume I of The Cambridge History of Turkey: Byzantium-Turkey, 1071-1453 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009) and, together with Suraiya Faroqhi, of volume II, The Ottoman Empire as a World Power, 1453-1603 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Recent publications include “The Ottoman economy, c.1300-c.1585”, History Compass, 12/5 (2014), pp. 455–64; “Florence and the Ottoman empire in the second half of the fifteenth century”, in Ötekilerin Peşinde Ahmet Yaşar Ocak Armağanı [Festschrift for Ahmet Yaşar Ocak], ed. Mehmet Öz and Fatih Yeşil (Istanbul: Timaş Yayınları, 2015), pp. 781-94; “Geç Osmanlı-Erken Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Döneminde Yabancılara Verilen Ekonomik İmtiyazlar” [Foreign economic concessions in the late Ottoman Empire-early Turkish Republic], in Uygur Kocabaşoğlu’na Armağan [Festschrift for Uygur Koçabaşoğlu], special issue of Kebikeç, 39 (spring 2015), pp. 343-62; Ottoman Women in Public Space, edited with Ebru Boyar (Leiden: Brill, 2016), in which she has two chapters, “The powerful public presence of the Ottoman female consumer”, pp. 91-127, and “The extremes of visibility: slave women in Ottoman public space”, pp. 128-49; and Middle Eastern and North African Societies, ed. with Ebru Boyar (Leiden: Brill, 2018), which includes her chapter, “The provision of water to Istanbul from Terkos: continuities and change from empire to republic”, pp. 212-38.

Professor Ebru Boyar
Professor Ebru BoyarAcademic Advisor

Professor Ebru Boyar studied international relations at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, specialising for her M.Sc. on the development of national identity in Algeria. She then did a Ph.D. in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern StudiesUniversity of Cambridge, on late Ottoman and early Republican representations of the Balkans. She is Professor in the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, where she teaches Ottoman, Turkish and modern Middle Eastern history.  

Her current research focuses on Ottoman and Turkish republican social history, with a particular emphasis on the social history of health in the Ottoman and early Turkish republican periods and on the concept of social disorder in the Ottoman empireShe is also interested in Ottoman and Turkish foreign relations from social history perspective, in particular, in the personal relations between the Ottoman/Turkish and British elite in the late Ottoman and early Turkish republican period, and Ottoman-Safavid relations of the sixteenth century from the perspective of Ottoman propaganda 

Her books include Ottomans, Turks and the Balkans: Empire Lost, Relations Altered (London: I.B. Tauris, 2007) and, together with Kate Fleet, A Social History of Ottoman Istanbul (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), which has been translated into Chinese and Turkish. Her recent publications include “An imagined moral community: Ottoman female public presence, honour and marginality”, in Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet (eds.), Ottoman Women in Public Space (Leiden: Brill, 2016), pp. 187-229; Taking health to the village: early Turkish republican health propaganda in the countryside”, in Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet (eds.), Middle Eastern and North African Societies in the Interwar Period (Leiden: Brill, 2018), pp. 164-211 and Medicine in practice: European influences on the Ottoman medical habitatTurkish Historical Review9/3 (2018), pp. 213-241. 

Onur İşçi
Onur İşçiVisiting Scholar 2021-22

Onur İşçi is Assistant Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for Russian Studies at Bilkent University. He received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University with distinction in 2014. Dr. İşçi specialises in international history of the twentieth century with a particular focus on Russian-Turkish relations. Dr. İşçi’s articles have appeared in leading academic journals and his first book, Turkey and the Soviet Union during World War II: Diplomacy, discord and international relations, was published by I.B. Tauris in 2019. He is currently working on a new book that explores Turkey and its world during the Cold War.

Mehmet Doğar
Mehmet DoğarPostgraduate Researcher

Mehmet Doğar studied at the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara. His Master’s thesis, supervised by Professor Ebru Boyar, was on Turkish-Italian diplomatic relations between 1932 and 1939 with a specific focus on the Turkish perception and portrayal of the Italian threat. He is now doing a Ph.D. in the Faculty of History at Cambridge, where he is generously funded by a Harding Distinguished Postgraduate Scholarship. For his dissertation, under the supervision of Dr Kate Fleet, he is working on socio-economic relations between Turkey and Italy in the interwar period.

His research interests include the socio-economic history of the late Ottoman Empire and the early Turkish Republic, Turkish foreign policy in the interwar period (specifically relations with Italy and Britain) and Italian colonialism in the early twentieth century.

He previously published an article on the state-press relationship in the early Turkish Republic, which examines the role of the Turkish press during the Italian invasion of Ethiopia 1935-36: “‘Complete Neutrality’ or ‘Controlled Enmity’? The Role of the Turkish Press during the Italo-Ethiopian War of 1935-36”, Turkish Historical Review, 10 (2-3) (2019), pp. 213-51.

Eve Lacey
Eve LaceyLibrarian

Eve Lacey studied English at King’s College, Cambridge, and Library and Information Studies at University College London. She is Assistant Librarian at Newnham College Library.