Duygu Yıldırım studies early modern history of science within the intellectual cultures of Western Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Her dissertation entitled "Familiar Difference: Science, Faith and Empathy in The Early Modern Mediterranean, 1650-1730" explores what role religious skepticism and politics played in constructing scholarly engagements between Muslims, Catholics, Protestants and converts to Islam. It investigates the problem of perplexity in understanding origins of cultural difference in the early modern era, and Ottoman and European scholars' responses to it through building a universal history of knowledge.
Duygu was awarded grants from the Social Science Research Council (DPDF 2016 and IDRF 2017), the Renaissance Society of America, the NEH Summer Institute, Rare Book School, The Europe Center and the Abbasi Program at Stanford, among others. During 2018-19, she is a digital humanities fellow at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA). Duygu is also one of the researchers at Natural Things|Ad Fontes Naturae,a global natural history project based out of Stanford's Program in History & Philosophy of Science. In both her individual and collaborative research, she is dedicated to analyzing complex dynamics within cross-cultural scholarly interactions through digital methods.
Her special interests lie in the history of science and medicine from Antiquity to the 19th century, the intellectual history of Early Modern Europe and the Islamic world, the Enlightenment with a focus on the idea of progress and human diversity, humanism and scholarly orientalism, and interactions between science and faith.