Duygu Yıldırım studies early modern history of science within the intellectual cultures of Western Europe and the Ottoman Empire. Her dissertation entitled "Familiar Difference: Translating Faith and Science in the Early Modern Mediterranean, 1650-1730" is about possibilities of scholarly engagements across religions in a world unsettled by religious polemics. It examines the translation movement between the Ottomans and Europeans as a lens into the debates about the complex relation between faith and knowledge during the times of inter-religious conflict.
Her research 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 Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) at Stanford, among others. During 2019-20, she is a Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow at Stanford Humanities Center.
She 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.