Associate Professor

366 Cohen


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

My first book Science without Leisure: Practical Naturalism in Istanbul, 1660-1732 (2019) explored 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 writing a short book, tentatively titled The Global Turn in the History of Science. Specifically, I am interested in 1) the field's deep engagement with global science, dating to the 1930s and 1940s; 2) how the global turn works or doesn't work with previous and contemporary turns such as the linguistic turn, the cultural turn, and the turns towards practice and knowledge.

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.


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Research Interests

Sociology of science 

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

“The Bureaucratic Sense of the Forthcoming in Seventeenth-Century Istanbul,” Journal for the History of Knowledge 1/1 (2020): [13] 1-16.

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

“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 

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