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Meltem Toksoz

Visiting Associate Professor of History

110 Mt. Vernon Street, 105


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BA Ankara University
MA University of Virginia
PHD SUNY at Binghamton University

Meltem Toksoz

Toksoz specializes in Middle Eastern History, with a focus on Ottoman History. Her research areas include Eastern Mediterranean trade and agriculture, the regional history southeastern Anatolia, Turkish and Ottoman historiography. She eceived her PhD in Late Ottoman History from SUNY Binghamton (2001) where she had worked with the late Donald Quataert. She worked at the History Department of Bogazici University between 1997-2017 in addition to many research institutions such as the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, in Germany (2003-2004) and Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Studies, in Istanbul, Turkey (2009-2010) and Center for Middle East Studies at Brown University (2016-2017). Besides her Nomads, Migrants and Cotton in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Making of the Adana-Mersin Region in the Ottoman Empire, 1850-1908. (Brill Publications, the Netherlands.2010);  she has co-edited Cities of the Mediterranean: From the Ottoman Times to the Present. (I.B.Tauris, London, 2011). The Turkish translation Osmanlilardan Günümüze Dogu Akdeniz Kentleri came out in 2015 from Is Bankasi Kültür Yayinlari. Her current work is in intellectual history, analyzing Ottoman historians of the 19th century in the process of modernisation of state and society in the Middle East.

Visiting Associate Professor at the History Department teaching Middle East history courses this academic year. Wesleyan is my third institutional home after 20 years in Istanbul, Turkey and 4 years at Brown University. 

I had all my graduate education here in the  US at University of Virginia, Yale University and SUNY Binghamton. When I first came to this country with a fresh BA in international relations I knew I wanted to study history, and I actually finished my first master's degree in South Asian History. In my Phd, I focused on the Middle East. Relocating to Turkey after 10 years in the US (the last few  years of which were in Connecticut!) through a job at the top History program in the country and family meant that a good part of my career was actually in the Middle East itself. 

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Mondays  3.15-4.45 pm (on campus)

Friday, on zoom by appointment


Spring 2023
HIST 156 - 01
Intro Hist: Protest/Revolution

HIST 244 - 01
The Ottoman World