Duygu Yıldırım studies early modern history of science and medicine within the intellectual cultures of the Ottoman Empire and early modern Europe. Her dissertation, "The Age of the Perplexed: Translating Nature and Bodies between the Ottoman Empire and Europe, 1650-1730," questions what made medical translations successful, and explains how these translations created new perceptions of nature, human bodies, and faith in the early modern world.
Her research has been recognized with multiple grants from the Social Science Research Council (DPDF 2016 and IDRF 2017), the Renaissance Society of America, the NEH Summer Institute, the Rare Books School at the University of Virginia, the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) at Stanford, among others. During 2019-20, she was a Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellow at Stanford Humanities Center.
Her first article, “Bevanda Asiatica: Scholarly Exchange between the Ottomans and Europeans on Coffee” (The Journal of Ottoman Studies, 2020), was awarded an Honorable Mention for the best article prize by the Forum on Early-Modern Empires and Global-Interactions (FEEGI) in 2021. Another article, “Comparing Faiths: The Making of Religious Dialogue between the Ottoman Empire and Europe,” is currently under review.
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 and religious culture of the early modern Ottoman world and Western Europe, the Enlightenment with a focus on the idea of progress and human diversity, humanism and scholarly orientalism, and interactions between science and faith.