Dr. Zeynep Türkyılmaz

Academy in Exile at Forum Transregionale Studien.

She received her Ph.D. from the Department of History at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2009.  Her dissertation, “Anxieties of Conversion: Missionaries, State and Heterodox Communities in the Late Ottoman Empire,” is based on intensive research conducted in Ottoman, British, and several American missionary archives, and involved, Kizilbash Alevis, Nusayri- Alawites and the Crypto Christians of Pontus. She was an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Postdoctoral at UNC-Chapel Hill between 2009-2010 and Europe in the Middle East/ The Middle East in Europe Seminar Postdoctoral Fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin between 2010-2011. She worked at the Dartmouth College as an assistant professor of history between 2011 and 2016. She is currently a research fellow of the Academy in Exile at Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin. She is working on two projects, one on Ezidis from the Ottoman empire to the nation-sate and second on the Pontus Question, from 1916 onwards. Her research and teaching interests include state-formation, gender, nationalism, colonialism, religious communities with a focus on heterodoxy and missionary work in the Middle East from 1800 to the present.