Profile: Nükhet Varlık

Assistant Professor

Department of History

Research Interests: Ottoman Empire; early modern Mediterranean; history of medicine


  • Courses Taught

    History of Islamic Civilization
    The Ottoman Empire
    Topics in Islamic Civilization: Science, Technology, and Medicine

  • Education

    Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2008
    M.A., Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey), 2000

  • Publications

    In Progress:

    Authored Book
    Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: The Ottoman Experience, 1347-1600. (Contracted for Cambridge University Press; manuscript in progress)

    Edited Book
    Editor, Plague and Contagion in the Islamic Mediterranean (Contracted for Ashgate Publishing Group; in progress)

    “Contagious metaphors: ideas of transmission in early modern Ottoman society” for Plague and Contagion in the Islamic Mediterranean
    “Plague, conflict and negotiation: The Jewish weavers of Salonica and Ottoman central administration in the late sixteenth century” accepted for publication in the special issue of Jewish History Journal on Salonica Jewry

    Published Articles
    “Conquest, urbanization, and plague networks in the Ottoman Empire, 1453-1600,” in The Ottoman World, ed. Christine Woodhead, London, Routledge (Forthcoming in 2011)
    “Tütün Tiryakiliği ve Besim Ömer Paşa’nın Görüşleri” (An Ottoman physician’s views on tobacco addiction) in Tütün Kitabı (The Book of Tobacco), ed. Emine Gürsoy Naskali, Istanbul, 2003 (Co-author; in Turkish)
    “Attitudes toward plague epidemics in the Ottoman Society of the nineteenth century,” Proceedings of the International Congress for the History of Medicine, Galveston, TX, 2000

  • Awards

    American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) - National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Research Fellowship, 2010
    Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations Senior Fellowship, 2010
    Turkish Cultural Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2010
    William Rainey Harper Dissertation-Year Fellowship, 2007
    Division of Humanities Summer Travel Grant, 2007
    Turkish Studies Research Travel Grant, 2005
    Sawyer Seminar on Islam, Sawyer Dissertation Stipend, 2003
    Sawyer Seminar on Islam, Sawyer Dissertation Fellowship, 2002
    Century Scholarship, 2000

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