I am currently working on a history of the Renaissance from the perspective of the early modern Ottoman Empire. It begins with the simple but surprising fact that the name members of the Ottoman elite used for themselves was not "Ottoman" or "Turk," but rather "Roman." My research asks to what extent this self-conception as "Roman" intersected with contemporary ideas of the Renaissance about the heritage of classical Greco-Roman antiquity, and what this meant for the emerging concept of "Europe." In addition to my work on this book, I am involved in several smaller projects, including a study of ethnographic modes of writing in Ottoman Turkish, the development of Ottoman naval technology, and a geo-historical study of the earthquake of Dubrovnik in 1667. Since 2011, I have also served as executive editor of the Journal of Early Modern History.
Current Research Projects