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.