Assistant Professor

Undergraduate Chair: Science, Technology & Society major

366 Cohen


Ph.D. University of California - San Diego
M.A. Sabanci University, Istanbul
B.A. St. John's College

I am something of a generalist as I work across many different sources and registers from the Ottoman medical marketplace to minting practices and, from natural philosophy to gunpowder recipes.

Science without Leisure: Practical Naturalism in Istanbul, 1660-1732, my first book, will be published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. It explores the relationship between monetary inflation and natural knowledge in seventeenth-century Istanbul. My primary inspirations have been the materialist historiography of science, the emerging global history of early modern science and Pierre Bourdieu's Pascalian Meditations.   

Currently, I am working on three main projects. The first project is a book-length essay on science and time, where I try to reframe concepts such as "theory," "scientific labor," and "useful knowledge" by reference to various durations such as generations, grant cycles and career stages. 

My second project is in collaboration with Oscar Aguirre-Mandujano. We are putting together a sourcebook for Ottoman science between 1400-1700 that features contributions from a number of excellent scholars,. We have received a Dean's Global Inquiries Fund to support a workshop that will take place in early April this Spring. 

I am also part of a research team that investigates notions of the natural and the supernatural in the Ottoman Empire. This is a multi-year project that has generous funding from the ERC page

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Upcoming Talks

Jan-29: NYU/Abu Dhabi Institute/Kevorkian Center (public event with Walter Feldman)

Mar 5: UC Santa Barbara

Mar 29-31: Mid-Atlantic Ottoman Studies Workshop I at Salisbury University




Research Interests

Science and Translation
Historiography of Non-Western Science
Cultural history of early modern science and technology
Science and philosophy in the Ottoman Empire and the Islamic world
Science Studies
Science and religion
Global history

Selected Work

"Early Modern Ottoman Science: A New Materialist Framework," Journal of Early Modern History 21 (2017): 407-419.

“The Copernican Rhetoric of Ibrahim Müteferrika,” in Sietske Fransen, Niall Hodson and Karl Enenkel eds.  Translating Early Modern Science Leiden: Brill, 2017, 258-285. 

"New Medicine and the Hikmet-i Tabi'iyye Problematic in Eighteenth Century Istanbul," in Tzvi Langermann and Robert Morrison, eds. Texts in Transit in the Medieval Mediterranean. University Park, PA: Penn State Press, 2016; pp. 222-242.

“Natural Philosophy and Politics in the Eighteenth Century: Esad of Ioannina and Greek Aristotelianism at the Ottoman Court,” Journal of Ottoman Studies 41 (2013): 125-159.

 “Islam, Christianity and the Conflict Thesis,” in Geoffrey Cantor, Thomas Dixon and Stephen Pumfrey, eds. Science and Religion: New Historical Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, pp. 111-130.

Teaching Fields

History of Early Modern Science
Science and Religion
The Enlightenment
Science Studies 

Courses Taught

Spring 2019 

STSC 208 Science and Religion: Global Perspectives

HSSC 504 Graduate Reading Seminar

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