Bio


My main research interest is the Middle East and the Balkans under the Ottoman Empire. In my forthcoming book, Partners of the Empire: Notables, Communities and the Crisis of the Ottoman Order (1770-1820), which is a revised version of my dissertation, I analyze the rise of the provincial notables and different forms of collective actions in various parts of the Ottoman world and their challenge to the empire. I depict how the new provincial formations triggered institutional restructuring of the Ottoman order in the global age of revolutions. Currently, I am working on two different projects. The first one is on capital accumulation and imperial confiscations in the Ottoman Empire, roughly from 16th to the early 19th centuries. In this project, I focus on economic and social implications of imperial confiscations and examine how some individuals and families developed strategies to maintain their wealth and power and to escape from the constant threat of imperial seizure. I also analyze how this instability of property rights affected attitudes towards inheritance, life and mortality in Ottoman society. My other project is on the imaginations of the political spaces in Early Modern Eurasia. In this project, I am particularly interested in the interactions and competitions between territorial organizations of the early modern Eurasian empires, particularly the Ottoman Empire, and exterritorial imaginations and practices of the Islamic and Chingissid legacies.

Academic Appointments


  • Associate Professor, History

Administrative Appointments


  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, Stanford University (2011 - Present)
  • Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, Fairfield University (2010 - 2011)
  • Mary Seeger O'Boyle Fellowship, Princeton University (2008 - 2009)
  • Aga Khan Postdoctoral Fellowship, Islamic Art and Architecture, Harvard University (2008 - 2008)
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University (2006 - 2007)
  • Merit Fellowship, Harvard University (2004 - 2005)
  • KRUPP Foundation Fellowship, Center for European Studies (2003 - 2004)
  • Fellowship, ARIT (American Research Institute in Turkey) (2003 - 2004)
  • Graduate Fellowship, Harvard University (1998 - 2002)
  • Islamic Studies Fellowship, McGill University (1996 - 1998)
  • Graduate Fellowship, Bilkent University (1994 - 1997)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Research affiliate, Ottoman Sources for the History of Letkada, Greece, centered in Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology (2010)
  • Research affiliate, Black Sea Trade Project Team, centered at California State University, Northridge (1998)
  • Research affiliate, Historians of the Ottoman Empire project, Harvard University (2004 - 2005)
  • Member, Search committee for Medieval History Position, History Department, Stanford (2012 - 2013)
  • Chair, Ad hoc committee for Stanford in Istanbul Program at Koc University (2012 - 2013)
  • Organizer, The Byzantine and Ottoman Worlds Workshop Series at Stanford, Stanford University (2011 - 2012)
  • Chair, Departmental committee to review global history courses in the core curriculum, Fairfield University (2010 - 2011)
  • Curator, The Ottoman World in the European Eyes Exhibition, Harvard University (2006 - 2006)
  • UN Observer, General elections in Azerbaijan (2005 - 2005)
  • Member, American Historical Association
  • Member, Middle East Studies Association of North America

Professional Education


  • B.S., Middle East Technical University, International Relations (1994)
  • M.A., Bilkent University, History (1997)
  • Graduate, McGill University, Study in Islamic Studies (1998)
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, History and Middle Eastern Studies (2008)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University, Program in Hellenic Studies (2009)

2018-19 Courses


All Publications


  • Review of "The Margins of Empire: Kurdish Militias in the Ottoman Tribal Zone" by J. Klein Social History Yaycioglu, A. 2013; 38 (2): 245 - 247
  • Rahova 1784: Participation, Information and Power in the 18th Century Ottoman Balkans Ozer Ergenc Armagani Yaycioglu, A. edited by Ekin, U. Ankara. 2013
  • Review of "The Ottoman Empire: A Short History" by S. Faroqhi Journal of Near Eastern Studies Yaycioglu, A. 2013; 72 (1): 148 - 149
  • Provincial Elites and the Empire in the Late Ottoman World: Conflict or Partnership? Ottoman World Yaycioglu, A. edited by Woodhead, C. London: Routledge Press. 2012
  • Review of "Foreign Investment in the Ottoman Empire: International Trade and Relations 1854-1914" by N. Geyikdagi Journal of Economic History Yaycioglu, A. 2012; 72 (4): 1121-1122
  • Deed of Agreement (1808): An Attempt of Integration and Partnership Nizam-ı Kadimden Nizam-ı Cedide: III.Selim ve Domemi Yaycioglu, A. edited by Kenan, S. ISAM. 2010
  • Ayan Encyclopedia of the Ottoman Empire Yaycioglu, A. edited by Agoston, G. 2008
  • Rumeli'nde Geraylar ve Cengiz Mehmed Geray Sultan'in Hikayesi TurkTarih Kongresi, Ankara Yaycioglu, A., Kirimli, H. 2006; 2: 11-15
  • Review of "Salonica, City of Ghosts: Christians, Muslims and Jews, 1430-1950" by M. Mazower METU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture Yaycioglu, A. 2005; 22 (1): 103-106
  • Ottoman-Turkish Manuscripts in the Islamic and other Libraries of McGill Univeristy Fontanus Yaycioglu, A., Gacek, A. 1998; 10: 41 - 64