Historian and sociologist Taner Akçam received his doctorate in 1995 from the University of Hanover, with a dissertation on The Turkish National Movement and the Armenian Genocide Against the Background of the Military Tribunals in Istanbul Between 1919 and 1922.
Akçam was born in the province of Ardahan, Turkey, in 1953. He became interested in Turkish politics at an early age. As the editor-in-chief of a student political journal, he was arrested in 1976 and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment. Amnesty International adopted him as a prisoner of conscience. A year later, he escaped to Germany, where he received political asylum.
In 1988 he started working as Research Scientist in Sociology at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research. His first research topic was the history of political violence and torture in the late Ottoman Empire and early Republic of Turkey.
Between 2000 and 2002 Akçam was Visiting Professor of History at University of Michigan. He worked also as Visiting Associate Professor at the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at University of Minnesota. He has been a member of the history department at Clark University since 2008.
Professor Akçam has lectured and published extensively, with numerous books and articles in English, French, German and Turkish, including:
The Young Turks’ Crime Against Humanity: The Armenian Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing in the Ottoman Empire. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012.
Judgment at Istanbul: The Armenian Genocide Trials, with Vahakn Dadrian. New York: Berghahn Books, 2011.
Essays on 1915 (in Turkish)*
Deportation and Massacres, Protocols of Military Tribunal, Trial of Union and Progress Party (1919-1922) (in Turkish)*
“Armenian Problem is solved” The Policies towards Armenians during the War Years According to Ottoman Documents (in Turkish)*
A Shameful Act: Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility. New York: Metropolitan Books, November 2006. (translations published in Great Britain, France, Holland and Greece)
Armenien und die Völkermord. second edition, Hamburg: Verlag Hamburger Edition, 2005. (in German)
From Empire to Republic: Turkish Nationalism and the Armenian Genocide. London: Zed Books, 2004. (translated into Polish and Italian)
Dialogue Across an International Divide: Essays Towards a Turkish-Armenian Dialogue. Toronto: The Zoryan Institute of Canada, 2001. (translation into Hebrew)