Christine Philliou


Christine Philliou specializes in the connected histories of the Balkans and Middle East since the 17th century, focusing particularly on the emergence of the Greek and Turkish nation-states out of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th and 20th centuries. She has worked, and is interested more broadly in comparative empires and in interfaces between cultures and histories in Europe and the Middle East. Her books, Biography of an Empire: Governing Ottomans in an Age of Revolution (2011), and Turkey: A Past Against History (2021), have been translated into both Greek and Turkish, and she has published widely in scholarly journals as well as in broader forums such as PublicBooks and Jadaliyya. She is currently working on a third book and developing a collaborative digital/public humanities project, the aim of which is a granular reconstruction and analysis of the Greek Orthodox communities in the larger context of late Ottoman Istanbul/Constantinople (1821-1923) using a wide range of Ottoman and Greek sources. More information can be found here:

This fall she is teaching graduate seminar (275) on the foundational literature/historiography of Ottoman studies and the new 104 course, "The Craft of History" for undergrads. 

Link to Biography of an Empire: Governing Ottomans in an Age of Revolution:

Link to Turkey: A Past Against History:

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Professor Christine Philliou


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