Ali Yaycioglu

Associate Professor of History
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)
Ali Yaycioglu Faculty

Ali Yaycıoğlu is a historian of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey. His research centers on economic, political and legal institutions and practices as well as social and cultural life in southeastern Europe and the Middle East during the Ottoman Empire. He also has a research agenda on how people imagined, represented and recorded property, territory, and nature in early periods. Furthermore, Dr. Yaycıoğlu explores how we can use digital tools to understand, visualize and conceptualize these imaginations, representations and recordings. He teaches courses on the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey; empires, markets and networks in the early modern world; global history of the age of revolutions; doing economic history; and digital humanities. 

Professor Yaycıoğlu's first book, Partners of the Empire: Crisis of the Ottoman Order in the Age of Revolutions (Stanford University Press, 2016) offers a rethinking of the Ottoman Empire within the global context of the revolutionary age in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Currently Dr. Yaycıoğlu is working on a book project, entitled The Order of Debt: Power, Wealth and Death in the Ottoman Empire analyzing transformations in property, finance and statehood in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The book focuses on episodes of economic violence during the political and economic transformation from the Early Modern era to the Modern times through fiscal records, probate inventories, debt and credit registers, confiscation and auction documents. Dr. Yaycıoğlu's other project, tentatively entitled Ottoman Topologies: Managing, Knowing and Recording Natureexamines symbiotic relationship between managerial, intellectual and scribal organization of the Ottoman Empire and various eco-orders, such as mountains, forests, valleys, steppes, river and lakesides, coastal areas, islands and deserts... 

Ali Yaycıoğlu is the supervisor of a digital history project, Mapping Ottoman Epirus, housed in Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). 

Born and raised in Ankara, Turkey, Ali Yaycıoğlu studied International Relations at the Middle East Technical University and Ottoman History at Bilkent University. Then, he studied Arabic and Islamic legal history at McGill University in Montreal. Yaycıoğlu completed his Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard in 2008. After his Ph.D., Yaycioglu carried out post-doctoral studies in the Agha Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the same university and then in Hellenic Studies at Princeton. He joined the History Department at Stanford in 2011. Professor Yaycıoğlu is also director of Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and a board member of Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), cofounder of Ottoman and Turkey Encounters at Stanford (OTES) and an associate member of the Centre d'études turques, ottomanes, balkaniques et centrasiatiques at L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris.

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August 7, 2020
With the conversion last month of the architecturally stunning Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a working mosque, Turkish President Recep Erdoğan fulfilled a long-held hope of many Turkish Muslims and of his own political party. On July 24, for the first time in nearly 90 years, Muslim worshippers prayed together there, as the imam held a sword – a...
October 9, 2018
The Stanford Data Science Initiative (SDSI) has awarded Professor Ali Yaycioglu a Data Science Research Seed Grant for his Mapping Ottoman Epirus project.