Emrah Sahin is the Turkish Studies Program Coordinator at the University of Florida’s Center for European Studies and a faculty member in the International Studies Program and Center for Global Islamic Studies. His research and teaching focus on Turkish encounters with the wider world from the late-19th century onward, and examine ways Turkish political and social forces have been shaped by cultural and religious encounters taking place within and beyond the borders of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey.
Sahin’s current research projects explore three topics, all of which are, paradoxically, recognized as crucially important but under-explored: first, in the book project, he examines the treatment of foreign missionaries in the Ottoman Empire; second, in the volume which he is editing, he delves into the complexity of early interactions between Turkey and the United States; and third, in a future monograph, he will be focusing on the emergence of Turkish conservatism under Western influence.
Sahin edited volumes on early U.S.-Turkish relations and Ottoman administration in Africa, and published articles in the International Journal of Turkish Studies, the Journal of American Studies of Turkey, and the Journal of the Historical Society. His teaching received the Arts Faculty Teaching Award at McGill and competed for the Teacher of the Year award at Florida. His latest article, “Sultan’s America: Lessons from Ottoman Encounters with the United States,” won the Turkish Culture and Art fellowship as best article of the year from the Turkish Cultural Foundation.
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