Karen Barkey

Haas Distinguished Chair in Religious Diversity

Department of Sociology

University of California, Berkeley

Barrows Hall

Berkeley, CA 94720






Ph.D.   University of Chicago, Chicago, December 1988.

M.A.    University of Washington, Seattle, Fall 1981.

A.B.     Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, June 1979.



Historical and Political Sociology. Study of Empire/Imperial Organization.

Politics and Religion; Religious and Ethnic Toleration; The Politics of Shared Sacred Sites.

Nationhood and Forms of Nationalism; State Control and Dissent Against Imperial States; the Ottoman Empire in Comparative Perspective.



2018-               Co-Director, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR)

2018-               Director, Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion, (CDTR) MATRIX

2016-2018       Guest Curator, Shared Sacred Sites, CUNY Graduate Center, New York Public Library, Morgan Library and Museum, New York.

2016-2017       Guest Curator, Shared Sacred Sites, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Yeni Cami, Thessaloniki.

July 2016-       Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC, Berkeley.

July 2016-         Professor, Sociology, UC, Berkeley.

2013-2016       Director, Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL)

2013-2016       Editor, Series on Religion, Culture and Public Life, Columbia UP

2007 -2016      Professor, Columbia University

2011-2013       Co-Director, CDTR and Co-Director, IRCPL (2012)

1993-2006       Associate Professor, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

2000-2004       Co-Director, Center for Historical Social Science, Columbia University.

1989-1993       Assistant Professor, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.,

1988-1989       Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.



Books, Edited Volumes, and Book Awards


Barkey, Karen, Dionigi Albera and Manoël Pénicaud, eds., Shared Sacred Sites: A Contemporary Pilgrimage, CUNY Publications. 2018.

Barkey, Karen, Sudipta Kaviraj and Vatsal Naresh, eds. Under review. Negotiating Democracy and Religious Pluralism: India, Pakistan and Turkey. Oxford University Press.

Dionigi Albera, Barkey Karen, Dimitris Papadopoulos and Manoël Pénicaud, eds., Shared Sacred Sites in the Balkans and in the Mediterranean. Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art Publications, 2018.

Barkan, Elazar, and Karen Barkey, eds. 2014. Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Religion, Politics, and Conflict Resolution. New York: Columbia University Press.

Barkey, Karen. 2008. Empire of Difference: The Ottomans in Comparative Perspective. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

  • Barrington Moore Award: best book in the area of comparative/historical sociology 2009 American Sociological Association.
  • David Greenstone Award for the best book in politics and history 2009, American Political Science Association.
  • Translated into Greek and Turkish.

———. 1997. After Empire: Multiethnic Societies and Nation-Building: The Soviet Union And The Russian, Ottoman, And Habsburg Empires. Edited by Mark Von Hagen. Westview Press.

———. 1994. Bandits and Bureaucrats: The Ottoman Route to State Centralization. The Wilder House Series in Politics, History and Culture. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

  • Translated into Turkish, 1999.
  • Allan Sharlin Memorial Award for outstanding book of the year in Social Science History, 1995 Social Science History Association.


Research Articles

Barkey, Karen and Vatsal Naresh. Under review. “Erdogan, Modi and Majoritarian Domination in Turkey and India.” In Negotiating Democracy and Religious Pluralism: India, Pakistan and Turkey, edited by Karen Barkey, Sudipta Kaviraj and Vatsal Naresh. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Barkey, Karen. Forthcoming. “Contemporary Cases of Shared Sacred Sites: Forms of Othering or Belonging?” Othering and Belonging: Expanding the Circle of Human Concern, Forthcoming 2018.

———. 2017. “Le monastère de Saint-Georges et ses visiteur non chrétiens.” In Coexistences: Lieux saint partagés en Europe et en Méditerranée, edited by Dionogi Albera and Manoël Pénicaud. Arles, Musée National de L’histoire de L’immigration / Actes Sud.

Barkey, Karen. 2017. “The Ottomans and Toleration.” InToleration in Comparative Perspective, edited by Vicki A. Spencer. Lanham, MD. Lexington Books.

Barkey, Karen. 2016. “The Ottoman Empire (1299-1923): The Bureaucratization of Patrimonial Authority.” In Empire and Bureaucracy, edited by Peter Crooks and Timothy Parsons. Cambridge University Press.

Barkey, Karen, and George Gavrilis. 2016. “The Ottoman Millet System: Non-Territorial Autonomy and Its Contemporary Legacy.” Ethnopolitics15 (1): 24–42. doi:10.1080/17449057.2015.1101845.

Barkey, Karen. 2014a. “Una Mirada SociolóGica Sobre La Tolerancia.” La Maleta de PortbouNo. 8 (Religión y Razón: Nuevas Cartas sobre la Tolerncia).

———. 2014b. “Political Legitimacy and Islam in the Ottoman Empire Lessons Learned.” Philosophy & Social Criticism40 (4-5): 469–77. doi:10.1177/0191453714525389.

———. 2014c. “Empire and Toleration: A Comparative Sociology of Toleration within Empire.” In Boundaries of Toleration, edited by Alfred Stepan and Charles Taylor. New York: Columbia University Press.

———. 2013. “Aspects of Legal Pluralism in the Ottoman Empire.” In Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850, edited by Lauren Benton and Richard J. Ross. New York: New York University Press.

Barkey, Karen, and Frédéric C. Godart. 2013. “Empires, Federated Arrangements, and Kingdoms: Using Political Models of Governance to Understand Firms’ Creative Performance.” Organization Studies34 (1): 79–104. doi:10.1177/0170840612464754.

Barkey, Karen. 2012a. “Rethinking Ottoman Management of Diversity: What Can We Learn for Modern Turkey?” In Democracy, Islam, and Secularism in Turkey, edited by Ahmet T. Kuru and Alfred Stepan. New York: Columbia University Press.

———. 2012b. “Secularism and Its Discontents: Politics and Religion in the Modern World.” Foreign Affairs90 (4).

Barkey, Karen, and Ira Katznelson. 2011. “States, Regimes, and Decisions: Why Jews Were Expelled from Medieval England and France.” Theory and Society40 (5): 475–503.

Barkey, Karen, and Rudi Batzell. 2010. “Comparisons Across Empires: The Critical Social Structures of the Ottomans, Russians and Habsburgs.” In Empires in Contention: Sociology, History and Cultural Difference, edited by P.F. Bang and C.A. Bayly. Palgrave Press.

Barkey, Karen. 2010. “In the Lands of the Ottomans: Religion and Politics,” in Religion and the Political Imagination.” In Religion and the Political Imagination, edited by Ira Katznelson and Gareth Stedman Jones. Cambridge University Press.

———. 2009. “Analytic Historical Sociology.” In The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology, edited by Peter Hedström and Peter Bearman, 712–34. Oxford University Press.

———. 2007a. “Islam and Toleration: Studying the Ottoman Imperial Model.” International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society19 (1/2): 5–19.

———. 2007b. “Trajectoires impériales : histoires connectées ou études comparées ?” Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporainen° 54-4bis (5): 90–103.

———. 2006. “Changing Modalities of Empire: A Comparative Study of the Ottoman and Habsburg Decline.” In Empire to Nation: Historical Perspectives on the Making of the Modern World, edited by Joseph W. Esherick and Hasan Kayali. London: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.

———. 2004. “Hegemonic Rise and Decline in Comparative Perspective: Lessons from the Early 20th Century.” In Hegemonic Decline: Present and Past, edited by Jonathan Friedman and Christopher K. Chase-Dunn. Boulder, Colorado: Paradigm Publishers.

Barkey, Karen, and Ronan Van Rossem. 2002. “Networks of Contention: Villages and Regional Structure in the Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Empire.” In Critical Concepts: Social Networks, edited by John Scott. Routledge Press.

Barkey, Karen. 2000. “Negotiated Paths to Nationhood: A Comparison of Hungary and Romania in the Early Twentieth Century.” East European Politics and Societies14 (3): 497–531.

Barkey, Karen, and Ronan Van Rossem. 1997. “Networks of Contention: Villages and Regional Structure in the Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Empire.” American Journal of Sociology102 (5): 1345–82. doi:10.1086/231086.

Barkey, Karen. 1996. “In Different Times: Scheduling and Social Control in the Ottoman Empire, 1550 to 1650.” Comparative Studies in Society and History38 (3): 460–83.

Barkey, Karen, and Sunita Parikh. 1991. “Comparative Perspectives on The State.” Annual Review of Sociology17: 523–49.

Barkey, Karen. 1991a. “Rebellious Alliances: The State and Peasant Unrest in Early 17th Century France and the Ottoman Empire.” American Sociological Review56.

———. 1991b. “The Use of Court Records in the Reconstruction of Village Networks: A Comparative Perspective.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology32 (1-2): 195–216. doi:10.1177/002071529103200110.

Barkey, Karen, and K. D. Breault. 1983. “Durkheim Scholarship and Suicidology: Different Ways of Doing Research in History of Social Thought, and Different Interpretations of Durkheim’s ‘Suicide.’” The Sociological Quarterly24 (4): 629–32.

Barkey, Karen, and Daniel Chirot. 1983. “States in Search of Legitimacy: Was There Nationalism in the Balkans of the Early Nineteenth Century?” International Journal of Comparative Sociology24 (1-2): 30–46. doi:10.1177/002071528302400103.

Barkey, Karen, and K. D. Breault. 1982. “A Comparative Analysis of Durkheim’s Theory of Egoistic Suicide.” The Sociological Quarterly23 (3): 321–31.


Other Publications

Barkey, Karen. 2015. “Le Partage Des Lieux Saints.”Le Huffington Post, November 11.

  • Translated into Arabic as, “fda’at mqdst mushtaraka.” (2015)
  • Translated into English as, “Shared Holy Spaces.” (2015)

———. 2014. “Esquisse Pour Une Discussion Sur La Tolérance.” Le Huffington Post. Accessed February 11.

———. 2013. “Ottomans : le règne de la différence.” Sciences Humaines, December.

———. 1999. “Threaten, Cajole, but Don’t Execute – Turkey: The Country Needs Only to Look to Its Own History to Learn How to Deal with Rebellion.” Los Angeles Times, July 2.


Review Articles

Barkey, Karen.  Review of Secular Conversions, by Damon Mayrl. European Journal of Sociology, 2018.

———. Review of Scholars and Sultans in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire, by Abdurrahman Atçil (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).Bustan, 2018.

———. 2011. Review of The Muslim Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals. New Approaches of Asian History, by Stephen F. Dale.Journal of the American Oriental Society131 (4): 635–37.

———. 2010a. Review of The Sons of Beyazid: Empire Building and Representation in the Ottoman Civil War of 1402-1413, by Dimitris J. Kastritsis. Journal of Islamic Studies21 (2).

———. 2010b. Review of A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants and Refugees, by Resat Kasaba. New Perspectives on Turkey.

———. 2010c. Review of Passive Revolution: Absorbing The Islamic Challenge to Capitalism, by Cihan Tuğal. Contemporary Sociology39 (1): 90–91. doi:10.2307/20695282.

———. 2007. Review of Osman’s Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire, by Caroline Finkel. Slavic Review66 (2): 322–322. doi:10.2307/20060234.

———. 2006. Review of Comparative Historical Analysis in the Social Sciences, by James Mahoney and Dietrich Rueshemeyer. Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History39 (4).

———. 2005. “After Empire In Search of Imperial Legacy: Historians’ Recollections and Historiographic Milestones.” Ab Imperio, no. 4: 34–37.

———. 1999. Review of Slavery and Abolition in the Ottoman Middle East, by Ehud R. Toledano. International Labor and Working-Class History56.

———. 1994. Review of The Middle East and the Balkans under the Ottoman Empire, by Halil Inalcik. Mediterranean Historical Review9 (Essays on Economy and Society): 116–54. doi:10.1080/09518969408569666.

———. 1989. Review of The Social Origins of the Modern Middle East: A Critical Review, by Gerber Haim. International Review of Social HistoryXXXIV (02): 333–36. doi:10.1017/S0020859000009305.

Works in Progress

Barkey, Karen. Forthcoming. (A book-length work concerning the emergence of sharing at shared sacred sites).

Barkey, Karen, and Yonca Köksal. Forthcoming. “Networks of Social Control: Cohesion and Fragmentation in Historical Context”

Barkey, Karen, and Murat Yüksel. Forthcoming. “Taming Imperial Frontiers: Ottoman and Russian Frontier Policies”





  • Carnegie Corporation of New York, $120,000 for the exhibition project in NY @ CUNY Graduate Center 2017-18.
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program, $ 25,000. Funds given to the Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion @ UC, Berkeley 2017-18.
  • The Achelis and Bodman Foundation, $ 30,000. Funds given to NYPL for the exhibition and programming, 2017-18.
  • Stavros Niarchos Foundation Grant, 165, 000 Euros for the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Exhibit September 23, 2017-January 15, 2018.
  • Nicholas J. and Anna K. Bouras Foundation, $30,000 for workshop in Thessaloniki, Greece associated with exhibition project September, 24th 2017. Funds given to the Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion @ UC, Berkeley.
  • Joint Projects Grant, Alliance Joint Research Projects, Fall 2015.
  • Faculty Mentoring Award, Graduate Student Advisory Council, Columbia University, May 2015.
  • Joint Projects Grant, Alliance Innovative Co-teaching Initiative, Fall 2014.
  • Henry Luce Foundation Grant, 2014-2016 for Religious Toleration and Plural Democracies, 2013-2016.
  • Elected, Sociological Research Association, 2011.
  • Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, 2008.
  • SSRC/Mac Arthur Foundation Fellowship on Peace and Security, 1997-1999
  • National Humanities Center, Rockefeller Fellow, 1997-98.
  • United States Institute of Peace Grant, 1994.
  • Howard Foundation Fellowship, 1993-94.
  • Social Science Research Council, Research Development Grant, 1994.
  • Member of Research Team on two grants from the Carnegie Corporation Grant and Pew Foundation, 1993-94.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Stipend, Summer 1993.
  • Columbia University Council for Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Summer Grants, 1990 & 1991.
  • American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) Fellowship, 1989-90.
  • Dissertation Writing Grant, The Institute of Turkish Studies, 1987-88.
  • Josephine De Kármán Fellowship, 1987-88.
  • University Fellowship, University of Chicago, 1983-86.



Barkey, Karen. 2019, “The Dynamics of Successful Religious Pluralism in Shared Sacred Sites” Bar-Ilan University, Israel, June.

———. 2019, “The Rise and Persistence of the Erdogan Regime: Activating the Majoritarian Voter,” RESET Dialogues, Venice May.

———. 2019 “Negotiating Presence in Shared Sacred Sites in Contemporary Istanbul,” UCLA, Sociology Department, April.

———. 2019 “Living with Difference: Contemporary Shared Sacred Sites in the Mediterranean” Yale University, Annual CHESS Lecture, March.

———. 2017a. “Living with Difference: Shared Religious Sanctuaries in Ottoman Lands.” presented at the Annual Tolerance Talk, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, University of California, Berkeley, April.

———. 2017b. “Ottoman Social Control: Institutions and Networks.” presented at the Reconsidering the Premodern State. Historical Analysis, databases, and the role of theory, American Historical Association, Denver, January.

———. 2016a. “Religious Pluralism in the Contemporary Middle East.” presented at the The Global Forum of the National Library of Israel, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, November.

———. 2016b. “Shared Sacred Sites in Urban Centers in the Ottoman Empire.” presented at the Religion and the City: Inter-Religious Exchanges in Urban Environments, Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, November.

———. 2016c. Democracy and Religious Pluralism Conference. Organizer. HAAS Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California, Berkeley, October.

———. 2016d. “Istanbul Shared Sacred Sites: Practices of Coexistence in the 21stCentury.” Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, University of California, Berkeley, October.

———. 2016e. “Keynote Address: Studying Networks in History: Examples from the Comparative Study of Empires.” presented at the Balkan Worlds III: Power Networks in the Imperial and Post-Imperial Balkans (18th-20thc.), University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, October.

———. 2016f. Layla and Majnun Forum Discussion. Cal Performances, University of California, Berkeley, October.

———. 2016g. “Emergence of Shared Sacred Sites: Theoretical Arguments.” Columbia University, New York, May.

Barkey, Karen, and Dimitris Papadopoulos. 2015. “Negotiating Presence in Shared Sacred Sites: Examples from Preliminary Research in Turkey and Greece.” CERI- Sciences Po, Paris, June.

Barkey, Karen. 2014a. “Debate on tolerance.” Grenoble, November 25.

———. 2014b. “Public Meeting with a Group of High School Students (and Their Regular Audience).” Saint-Fons public library, November 25.

———. 2014c. Discussion around the question of Sacred Sites. Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon et La Maison de l’orient et de la Mediterranée (Laboratoire Gremmo) et Villa Gillet Interview by Fabrice Balanche. Public Meeting.

———. 2014d. “Debate on tolerance.” Hôtel de Région (Lyon), November 23.

———. 2014e. Idées on RFI Interview by Pierre Edouard Deldique. Radio.

———. 2014f. “Plenary Speaker: Sharing Sacred Sites-The Ottoman Past and Transcultural Memories.” presented at the Ottoman Pasts, Present Cities: Cosmopolitanism and Transcultural Memories, Birkbeck College, University of London, June.

———. 2014g. “Keynote Address: Empires and Diversity-Religious Differences and the Spirit of Coexistence.” presented at the The Jews and the Nations-States of South-Eastern Europe from the 1848 Revolutions to the Great Depression, University of Trieste, May.

———. 2014h. “Pluralism Within Islam.” presented at the Istanbul Seminars, RESET, May.

———. 2013a. “Religious Pluralism and Shared Sacred Sites in the Ottoman Empire.” Department of History, Stanford University, October 9.

———. 2013b. “Eurasian Empires Mediterranean Studies Forum.” Stanford University, October 8.

———. 2013c. “Keynote Address: Political Legitimacy and Islam in the Ottoman Empire: Lessons Learnt.” presented at the Istanbul Seminars, RESET, May.

———. 2012. “Applying Charles Taylor to The Turkish Secular Age at The Influence of Religion on International Politics.” presented at the Conference in Honor of Daniel Chirot, February.

———. 2010a. “A Rethinking of ‘Bringing the State Back In.’” presented at the Presidential Session, SSHA, November.

———. 2010b. “Choreography of Sacred Spaces: State, Religion and Conflict Resolution.” Bogazici University, Istanbul, May.

———. 2010c. “Imperial Forms of Toleration: Comparative Thoughts Presentations.” Northwestern University, April.

———. 2010d. “Imperial Forms of Toleration: Comparative Thoughts Presentations.” Brown University, April.

———. 2010e. “Keynote Speaker: Ottoman Religious Diversity-What Do We Know? What Should Be Our Next Questions?” presented at the Conference on Ottoman Studies, The University of Washington, April.

———. 2010f. “New Perspectives on Legal Pluralism: The Case of Ottoman Diversity and the Kadi Court.” presented at the Newberry Library, April.

———. 2010g. “Imperial Forms of Toleration: Comparative Thoughts Presentations.” Yale University, January.

———. 2009a. “Imperial Forms of Toleration: Comparative Thoughts Presentations.” Suny Stony Brook, September.

———. 2009b. “State Management of Islam: Politics and Society in the Ottoman Empire.” presented at the Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies, Northwestern University, May.

———. 2009c. “Imperial Comparisons and Sociology, Cui Bono? Tributary Empire-Comparative Histories.” presented at the COST. A 36, Accademia Di Danimarca, Rome, April.

———. 2009d. “Empire and Religious Diversity: The Ottoman Model in Contemporary Perspective, Democracy, Islam and Secularism.” presented at the Turkey in Comparative Perspective, Columbia University, New York, March.

———. 2009e. “Sorting out Toleration and Persecution: Imperial Examples.” Princeton University, Department of Near Eastern Studies, March.

———. 2009f. “Sorting out Toleration and Persecution: Imperial Examples.” Stanford University, Humanities Center, January.

———. 2009g. “Discussion: Cultures D’empires: Circulations, Echanges et Affrontements Culturels En Situations Coloniales et Imperiales.” presented at the Table Ronde: Cultures d’empires, Universite Paris IV, Paris.

———. 2008a. “The Role of Islam in Politcs: The Ottoman Example.” The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, Columbia University, November.

———. 2008b. “Religion and Politics: The Legacy of Empire in Early Republican Turkey.” Limmud Istanbul, Turkey, October.

———. 2008c. “Religion and Politics: The Legacy of Empire in Early Republican Turkey.” presented at the The New Sociological Imagination, The New School for Social Research, New York, October.

———. 2007a. “Mercenaries and Modern Private Military Companies in Comparative Perspective, Violences et mobilizations:Les Fabriques Coercitives Du Politique.” presented at the Colloque international IFEA-FASOPO/REASOPO, Université de Galatasaray, Turkey, November 5.

———. 2007b. “In the Lands of the Ottomans: Religion and Politics, Co-Existence, Religion and the Political Imagination from 1500 to the Present.” presented at the Centre for History and Economics, King’s College, Cambridge, UK, July 16.

———. 2007c. “Trajectoires Imperiales Connectées, Ou Du Bon Usage de La Comparaison.  Histoire Globale, Histoire Connectée: Un Changement D’échelle Historiographique?” presented at the Societe d’Histoire Moderne et Contemporaine, Paris, June 9.

———. 2007d. “Empire to Nation-State: How to Rethink Alternative Trajectories to Decline.” Centre des Etudes et Recherchs Internationales, CERI, Sciences Politiques, Paris, June 8.

———. 2006. “Islam: Continuities between an Ottoman Past and a Turkish Present.” The New School for Social Research, New York, February 16.

———. 2005a. “Religion and the Political Imagination.” Centre for History and Economics at King’s College in Cambridge England, July 26.

———. 2005b. “Ottoman Toleration: The Construction of Mechanisms of Inter-Religious, Inter-Ethnic Peace.” presented at the Religion, Identity, and Empire Conference, Council on European Studies, Yale University., April 16.

———. 2004a. “The Social Organization of Dissent in Empire: An Overview of Changing Forms of Dissent in the Ottoman Centuries.” presented at the Empire and Dissent: Reflections on History, The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and Fonds d’Analyse des Societes Politiques (FASOPO), Paris, June 15.

———. 2004b. “A Comparative Note on Imperial Toleration: Ottoman and Habsburg Variants.” presented at the International Congress in Honor of Professor Halil Inalcik: Methods and Sources in Ottoman History, Harvard University, Cambridge, May.

———. 2004c. “Empire and Toleration.” presented at the LGST Workshop Series, Amherst College, April.

———. 2004d. “Reflections on Empire in the Age of Globalization, Two Lectures.” Department of International Relations, Koc University, March.

———. 2004e. “The Social Organization of Diversity in the Ottoman Empire: The Millet System.” presented at the Department of Sociology and History Colloquium Series, Koç University, Istanbul, March.

———. 2003a. “Changing Modalities of Empire: A Comparative Note on the Ottoman and Habsburg Decline.” presented at the Empire to Nation Workshop, University of California, San Diego, December.

———. 2003b. “Debates on Ottoman Toleration: Constructing a New Imperial Order.” Social Science History Association, November.

———. 2003c. “Ethnic and Religious Boundaries: The State and Toleration in Early Ottoman Identity.” presented at the Formation, Empire and Identity: An Interdisciplinary Inquiry, March.

———. 2002a. “How to Conceptualize Imperial Decline.” presented at the Empire to Nation Workshop, University of California, San Diego, December.

———. 2002b. “Boundaries of Difference: Comparing Early Ottoman and European Models of Toleration.” Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., March.

———. 2002c. “Taming Imperial Frontiers: Wily Empires and Unruly Borderland Peoples.” Centre des Etudes et Recherches Internationales, CERI, Paris, March.

———. 2002d. “The End of Empires and the Changes in Ethnic Relations.” Centre Americain de Sciences Politiques, Paris, March.


Service at Columbia University

  • Director, Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion (CDTR), and Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL), Columbia University (2013-2016)
  • Member, Columbia University Committee on Instruction, (2014-2015)
  • Co-Director, Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL), Columbia University (2012-2013)
  • Co-Director, Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion (CDTR) (2011-2013)
  • Member, Columbia College, Frontiers of Science Advisory Committee (2013-2014)
  • Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Center, Turkey (2011-2012)
  • Member, Academic Review Committee (2008-2011)
  • Member, Board of The Institute on Religion, Culture and Public Life (2007- )
  • Member, Columbia University Committee on Instruction, (2002-2003)
  • Co-Director, Center for Historical Social Science, Columbia University, (2000-2003)
  • Fellow, Institute for Social and Economic Research, Columbia U. (1999- )
  • Member, Provost’s Committee on Social Science General Education, (1995-1997)
  • Member, President’s Committee on Ethnic Studies, (1996-1997)
  • Co-Chair, Workshop on Empires, Center for Social Sciences, (1993-1997)
  • Member, Executive Committee of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, (1995-1997)
  • Fellow, Center for Social Sciences, Columbia University, (1992-1993)


Service to Profession

  • Member, Scientific Committee, Reset-Dialogue of Civilizations, Rome, Italy. 2014-2015.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Contemporary Sociology 2008- 2012
  • Teaching Fellow, Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship Program: Social Entrepreneurship and Cross Cultural Network hosted by the Columbia Business School’s Executive Education division and the Centre for History and Economics at the University of Cambridge, July 2009 and July 2010.
  • Member, Member, Comité Scientifique Cultures d’Empires CNRS and Paris
  • Member, Board of Rose Editorial Series, 2004-
  • Member, Board of the Society for Comparative Research, 1999-2006
  • Consultant, Ford Foundation, 2001
  • Member, Editorial Board – Contemporary Sociology, 1992-1994
  • Member, Council, Comparative Historical Sociology Section, ASA 1995-99
  • Member, Council, SSHA 1997-98
  • Session Organizer, ASA; 1990, 1997 and 2006 for the Historical Sociology and Comparative Historical Sociology Sections
  • Panelist, NEH, NSF, and NHC in Sociology and Middle East
  • Member, American Sociological Association, Social Science History Association, North American Friends of the American Research Institute in Turkey



  • French and Turkish
  • Reading knowledge of Ottoman Turkish, Arabic, and Spanish.