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İpek Kocaömer Yosmaoğlu

İpek Kocaömer Yosmaoğlu (Ph.D., Princeton, 2005) is a historian of the late Ottoman Empire and early Republican Turkey.  Prior to joining the History Department at Northwestern she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton.  The primary question motivating her research is why and how people commit or condone violence in various forms.  Her first book, Blood Ties: Religion, Violence, and the Politics of Nationhood in Ottoman Macedonia (Cornell, 2014) traced the emergence of nationhood among Christian Orthodox peasants in Macedonia during the final decades of Ottoman rule in the region.  Her current project is about Ottoman and later Turkish Jewish communities’ experience of subjecthood and citizenship at the dawn of the age of nationalism and the nation-state.

Yosmaoğlu is also affiliated with the Middle East and North African Studies Program, and the Crown Family Center for Jewish and Israel Studies.