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History

Sabancı University’s Graduate Program in History concentrates on Ottoman and Modern Turkish History. It aims to foster fresh, unbiased and critical visions of the Ottoman-Turkish past that are informed by novel theoretical insights and comparative sensibilities characterizing leading-edge practice in historical studies. In its innovative and comprehensive approach to Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies, the History Programs benefits from the wide- ranging professional capabilities of its academic staff as well as from the interdisciplinary make-up of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The separate MA and PhD trajectories in the program are envisaged as constituting a total and integral course of study that promotes research in diverse areas ranging from political and legal to intellectual, social and cultural history, as well as nationalism studies.

History MA Program Objectives

The aim of the History MA program is to provide an opportunity for all students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds to acquire a solid academic basis on Ottoman and modern Turkish history. Students aiming to later do a PhD in Ottoman, Balkan or Middle Eastern history, are strongly encouraged to select the MA program with thesis.

Program Specific Outcomes of Master of Arts in History

History PhD Program Objectives

Sabancı University's PhD Program in History concentrates on Ottoman and Modern Turkish History. It aims to foster fresh, unbiased and critical visions of the Ottoman-Turkish past that are informed by the novel theoretical insights and comparative sensibilities characterizing leading-edge practice in historical studies. In its innovative and comprehensive approach to the field of Ottoman and Modern Turkish field of studies, the History Programs benefits from the wide-ranging professional capabilities of its academic staff as well as from the interdisciplinary make-up of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

History PhD Program Outcomes

Current Courses and Course Catalog

Research Areas

  • Political History
  • Social and Economic History
  • Political Culture
  • Cultural History
  • Urban History
  • Nationalism
  • Ottoman-Greek Studies
  • Ottoman Literature
  • Language and Literacy
  • Modern and Premodern State Construction
  • Early Modern Ottoman History
  • Balkan History
  • Migration
  • Ottoman Minorities
  • Ottoman Gender History
  • Books and Reading Culture
  • Books and Reading Culture
  • History of Art and Architecture
  • Modern Greek History
  • History of Iran and Central Asia
  • Persian Literature
  • Ottoman Law
  • Modern Turkey
  • History of Islam

Faculty Members

  • Abdurrahman Atçıl
  • Akşin Somel
  • Ayşe Ozil
  • Bratislav Pantelic
  • Cemil Koçak
  • Emre Erol
  • Ferenc Péter Csirkés
  • Hakan Erdem
  • Hülya Canbakal
  • Tülay Artan

Alumni Stories

Nazan Maksudyan (History PhD, 2008): Einstein Guest Professor at the Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut at the Freie Universität Berlin and Research Associate at the Centre Marc Bloch (Berlin).

Muhammed Talha Çiçek (History PhD, 2012): Assistant Professor of History, İstanbul Medeniyet University.

Selçuk Dursun (History PhD, 2007): Selcuk Dursun, our first PhD teaches at the History Department, METU since graduation.

Harun Bekir Küçük (History MA, 2005): Associate Professor, Department of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania; ((MA History, Sabancı University (2005); PhD History and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego (2012)).

İbrahim Kaya Şahin (History MA, 2000):Associate Professor, Department of History at Indiana University Bloomington (MA History, Sabancı University (2000); PhD History, The University of Chicago (2007)).

Melis Taner (History MA, 2009): Assistant Professor of Architecture, Özyeğin University (BA Social and Political Science, (Sabancı University (2009); MA Medieval History, Central European University (2007); PhD History of Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University (2016)).

Application Requirements

  • Official Transcript
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Sample Work
  • CV
  • ALES, GRE or GAT scores
  • English Proficiency Exam (TOEFL IBT, PTE Academic, CAE, CPE, YDS, e-YDS or YÖKDİL)

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Graduate Scholarships

Scholarship evaluations for the candidates are made as part of their acceptance into their SU program. Graduate scholarship recipients are proposed by the Admission Jury based on the students’ academic history and performance in the examination; and they are then evaluated by the related Graduate School Administrative Board. Please click here for detailed information.

Contact

For further information about Graduate Program, please contact History Program Coordinator Ferenc Péter Csirkés fcsirkes@sabanciuniv.edu.