Padraic Rohan

M.A., Istanbul Şehir University, Ottoman History
Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, California State University East Bay
B.S., UC Berkeley, Civil and Environmental Engineering

I study the Genoese maritime empire of the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea between the crusades and Columbus, and its transformation into a global banking empire centered on Spain and the Atlantic. In focusing on the geopolitical struggle between the Genoese and the Venetians, their complex relationships with the Byzantine, Mamluk, and Ottoman dynasties, and the Genoese role in Iberian expansion into the Atlantic, I hope to excise flaws in western historiography regarding capitalism, modernity, and Islam, and to construct a more durable narrative of the rise of Europe and its place in world history.