Karen Barkey

Charles Theodore Kellogg and Bertie K. Hawver Kellogg Chair of Sociology and Religion
Bard College 

Email: karen.barkey@gmail.com 


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


2021-2026Charles Theodore Kellogg and Bertie K. Hawver Kellogg Chair of Sociology and Religion, Bard College 
2021-2022Germaine Tillion Chair of Mediterranean Studies, IMéRA, Marseille
2019-2021Co-Director, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR)
2018-2019Invited Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin (could not attend)
2018-Director, Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion (CDTR)
2016-2018Guest Curator, Shared Sacred Sites Exhibition with CUNY Graduate Center,
New York Public Library, Morgan Library and Museum (New York, NY)
2016-2017Guest Curator, Shared Sacred Sites Exhibition with Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
and Thessaloniki Museum of Photography (Yeni Cami, Thessaloniki)
July 2016-2021Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity, Othering & Belonging Institute, UC Berkeley
July 2016-2021Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley
2013-2016Director, Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life (IRCPL), Columbia University
2013-2016Editor, Series on Religion, Culture and Public Life, Columbia University Press
2011-2013Co-Director, CDTR and Co-Director, IRCPL (2012)
2007-2016Professor, Columbia University
2000-2004Co-Director, Center for Historical Social Science, Columbia University
1993-2006Associate Professor, Columbia University, New York, NY
1989-1993Assistant Professor, Columbia University, New York, NY
1988-1989Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


Books, Edited Volumes, and Book Awards

Barkey Karen, Jonathan Laurence, eds. 2024. Handbook on Religious Toleration. Springer Publications. Forthcoming.

Barkey, Karen, Sudipta Kaviraj and Vatsal Naresh, eds. August 2021. Negotiating Democracy and Religious Pluralism: India, Pakistan and Turkey. Oxford University Press.

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

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

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

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

  • 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. (with 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, Cecilia Giancola, “Empire,” in the Elgar Encyclopedia of Global Social Theory, eds. Raf Vanderstraeten and Gert Verschraegen. 2023. Forthcoming.

2021. “Shared Sacred Sites: Reflections on the State and Protection.” Journal of Law, Religion and State, Vol. 9 (1): 67-94.

Barkey, Karen and Vatsal Naresh. “The Politics of  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. Oxford University Press.

“Contemporary Cases of Shared Sacred Sites: Forms of Othering or Belonging?” Othering and Belonging: Expanding the Circle of Human Concern, Issue 3 Fall 2018.

“Le monastère de Saint-Georges et ses visiteurs 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, 2017.

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

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

Barkey, Karen, and George Gavrilis. 2016. “The Ottoman Millet System: Non-Territorial Autonomy and Its Contemporary Legacy.” Ethnopolitics 15 (1): 24–42. doi:10.1080/17449057.2015.1101845.

2014a. “Una Mirada SociolóGica Sobre La Tolerancia.” La Maleta de Portbou No. 8 (Religión y Razón: Nuevas Cartas sobre la Tolerncia).  http://www.lamaletadeportbou.com/articulo/una-mirada-sociologica-sobre-la-tolerancia/

2014b. “Political Legitimacy and Islam in the Ottoman Empire Lessons Learned.” Philosophy & Social Criticism 40 (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.

2013. Barkey, Karen, and Frédéric C. Godart. “Empires, Federated Arrangements, and Kingdoms: Using Political Models of Governance to Understand Firms’ Creative Performance.” Organization Studies 34 (1): 79–104. doi:10.1177/0170840612464754.

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 Affairs 90 (4).

Barkey, Karen, and Ira Katznelson. 2011. “States, Regimes, and Decisions: Why Jews Were Expelled from Medieval England and France.” Theory and Society 40 (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.

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 Society 19 (1/2): 5–19.

2007b. “Trajectoires impériales : histoires connectées ou études comparées ?” Revue d’histoire moderne et contemporaine n° 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.

2000. “Negotiated Paths to Nationhood: A Comparison of Hungary and Romania in the Early Twentieth Century.” East European Politics and Societies 14 (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 Sociology 102 (5): 1345–82. doi:10.1086/231086.

1996. “In Different Times: Scheduling and Social Control in the Ottoman Empire, 1550 to 1650.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 38 (3): 460–83.

Barkey, Karen, and Sunita Parikh. 1991. “Comparative Perspectives on The State.” Annual Review of Sociology 17: 523–49.

1991a. “Rebellious Alliances: The State and Peasant Unrest in Early 17th Century France and the Ottoman Empire.” American Sociological Review 56.

1991b. “The Use of Court Records in the Reconstruction of Village Networks: A Comparative Perspective.” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 32 (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 Sociology 24 (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 Quarterly 23 (3): 321–31.

Other Publications & Talks

Presentation at the Interdisciplinarity and methodological approaches of shared sacred spaces, Research Program: Interactions, juxtapositions, religious imbrications in Greece and the Balkans (XXth-XXIst centuries) École Française d’Athènes (2022-2026), Rome June 2023.

“Comparing the Burden of Nationalism on Empire with the Burden of Empire on Nationalism,” ResetDOC & The Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Dublin May 2023.

“Cultural Diversity and Shared Scared Sites in the Ottoman Empire,” Afikra Podcast, April 2023. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA2zI1DAqKA

Presentation at the Barriers and Borders Workshop, Columbia University, February 24, 2023.

Book Panel on Barkey, Karen, Sudipta Kaviraj and Vatsal Naresh, eds. 2021. Negotiating Democracy and Religious Pluralism: India, Pakistan and Turkey. Oxford University Press. Yale University, Institute of South Asian Studies. April 2022.

“Interactions, juxtapositions, imbrications religieuses en Grèce et dans les Balkans (XXe-XXIe siècles) : état des lieux.” Atelier Interne. French School at Athens, March 2022.

“Afterlives of Difference,” The Presence and Absence of The Past. Empires of Memory: The Cultural Politics of Historicity in Former Habsburg and Ottoman Cities” Berlin, March 2022.

“Making Sense of Hagia Sophia’s Conversion.” ResetDOC, July 2020. https://www.resetdoc.org/video/making-sense-hagia-sophias-conversion/

“The Road Ahead for US Democracy.” ResetDOC, June 22 2020.  https://www.resetdoc.org/story/road-ahead-us-democracy/

Interviews for Netflix Series, Rise of Empires: Ottoman. January 2020.

Religious Diversity in America: An Historical Narrative by Karen Barkey and Grace Goudiss. Teaching tool published by the Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley. 2018.

 “Le Partage des Lieux Saints.” Le Huffington Post, November 11 2015.  http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/karen-barkey/lieux-saints-partage-religion-accomodements_b_8507906.html.

  • Translated into Arabic as, “fda’at mqdst mushtaraka.” (2015) http://www.huffpostarabi.com/karen-barkey/-_3282_b_8889886.html
  • Translated into English as, “Shared Holy Spaces.” (2015) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-barkey/shared-holy-spaces_b_8624086.html

 “Esquisse Pour Une Discussion sur La Tolérance.” Le Huffington Post. 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/karen-barkey/esquisse-pour-une-discussion-sur-la-tolerance_b_6176828.html

 “Ottomans: le règne de la différence.” Sciences Humaines, December 2013. http://www.scienceshumaines.com/ottomans-le-regne-de-la-difference_fr_31442.html

 “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 1999. http://articles.latimes.com/1999/jul/02/local/me-52369

Review Articles

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

2018. Review of Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece, by Devin E. Naar (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016). Slavic Review 76 (4). 

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

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 Society 131 (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 Studies 21 (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 Sociology 39 (1): 90–91. doi:10.2307/20695282.

2007. Review of Osman’s Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire, by Caroline Finkel. Slavic Review 66 (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 History 39 (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 History 56. http://journals.cambridge.org/article_S0147547999502883.

1994. Review of The Middle East and the Balkans under the Ottoman Empire, by Halil Inalcik. Mediterranean Historical Review 9 (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 History XXXIV (02): 333–36. doi:10.1017/S0020859000009305.

Works in Progress

Book manuscript in progress. Religious Pluralism in the Mediterranean: Comparative Perspectives.


  • Luce Foundation Advancing Public Scholarship Grant with Prof. David Marno and Prof. Jonathan Sheehan, 2020.
  • 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 at 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 to the 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.


“Navigating Topographies of Belonging and Difference: Contemporary Shared Sacred Sites in the Mediterranean.” Graduate Theological Union, Surjit Singh Lecture, April 2021.

“The Socio-Historical Conditions of Sharing Sacred Sites: Reflections on Contemporary Cases Across the Mediterranean.” Center for Governance and Markets, University of Pittsburgh, March 11, 2021. 

“Toleration in Comparative Perspective.” Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion and ResetDOC. January 19-23, 2021. Organizer and moderator.  

“Holy Wisdom and the Politics of the Unwise,” Hagia Sophia’s Conversions: Reflections on the Political, Temporal, and Aesthetic Dimensions of Heritage. Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Identity, 2020.

Discussion, “Othering and Belonging Framework,” Othering and Belonging Institute, UC Berkeley and Sciences Po, Law School. Paris, 2020.  

Keynote Address: “When Myths and Stories become Shared Sacred Narratives,” KFG “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities,” Leipzig University, 2019.

“The Particular Achievements of early Ottoman State Expansion: Coexistence and Tolerance,” Tolerance in Mediterranean Cities: History, Ideas and Institutions, Casablanca Seminars 2019, RESET Dialogues.

“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 2019.

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

“Ottoman Social Control: Institutions and Networks.” presented at Reconsidering the Premodern State: Historical Analysis, Databases, and the Role of Theory, American Historical Association, Denver, January 2017b.  

“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 2016a.

“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 2016b.

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

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

“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-20th c.), University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, October 2016e.

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

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

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

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

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

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, 2014c.

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

Idées on RFI Interview by Pierre Edouard Deldique. Radio, 2014e. http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20141207-barkey-sociologue-historienne-empires-festival-lyon.

“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 2014f.

“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 2014g.

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

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

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

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

“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 2012.

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

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

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

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

“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 2010e.

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

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

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

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

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

“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 2009d.

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

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

“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, 2009g.

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

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

“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 2008c.

“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, 2007a.

“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, 2007b.

“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, 2007c.

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


Undergraduate Courses

  • OSUN and Bard: Sociology 273: “Democracy and Religious Pluralism: Comparative
  • Perspectives.”
  • Sociology 144: Introduction to Political Sociology
  • Religion 298: “Sharing the Sacred: Space, Narratives and Pilgrimages.”
  • Sociology 348: “Empires, City-States and Nation-States: An Exploration of the Social and
  • Political Dimensions of Rule,” Seminar


Graduate Seminars:

  • “Sociology of Religion”
  • “Comparative and Historical Methods”
  • “Religion, Politics, and Toleration”

Undergraduate Courses:

  • “Reconstructing the Past: Historical and Sociological Methods” (Seminar)
  • “Religious Pluralism in the Mediterranean: Historical and Contemporary Examples” (Seminar)
  • “Religion and Politics: Trajectories and Entanglements in the United States” (Lecture)
  • “Religion and Politics: Comparative Analysis of Different Paths in the Middle East” (Lecture)


Service at Bard College

Co-Organizer of Program on OSUN Committee for the Humanities and Society.
Development of a PhD program for Bard College and OSUN.

Service at University of California, Berkeley

  • 2019 – Co-Director, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR)
  • 2018 – Director, Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion (CDTR)
  • 2016 – Head of Religious Diversity Cluster, Othering & Belonging Institute 

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.