RESEARCHERS

Secil  Akgun, PhD
Professor Seçil Karal Akgün chairs the History Department of  the Middle East Technical University in Ankara  and teaches modern Ottoman  and contemporary Turkish history. She is the author of multiple books and articles published in Turkey and abroad. He prepared the following Study Guide: Turkish History.

Stuart  Blackburn, PhD
Stuart Blackburn did his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, in South Asian Studies and Folklore.  He taught for many years at SOAS in London and later held visiting professorships at Heidelberg, Berkeley and Berlin (Humboldt University).  Since the 1970s, his fieldwork and publications have focused on oral traditions and culture in India.  He is the author of seven monographs (including the prize-winning Inside the Drama House, California, 1996) and the editor or co-editor of eight other books.  He is currently a research associate at SOAS and writes historical fiction.

Elizabeth   Clark, PhD
Elizabeth Morrow Clark is an associate professor of history at West Texas A&M University.  She holds her doctorate in Russian and East Central European History from the University of Kansas.  Dr. Clark is a two-time Fulbright Scholar to Poland.  She serves on the Editorial Board of Humanities-Net’s H-Russia. She prepared the following Study Guide: Slavic History.

Paul  Clark, PhD
Paul H. Clark is an East Asia area specialist and Associate Professor of History at West Texas A&M University. Dr. Clark is the author of The Kokugo Revolution: Education, Identity and Language Policy in Imperial Japan (2009) and is the recipient of a 2006 Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship. He is preparing the following Study Guide: Chinese History.

Ayse   Dietrich, PhD
Dr. Ayse Dietrich is Professor Emeritus of Russian History, Literature, Language and Linguistics. She has a bachelor degree from Ankara University, Faculty of Letters, Department of Russian Language and Literature. She also has a master degree from the same University. She received a scholarship in 1987 to study in the United States, and received a master’s degree from New York University, Department of Russian Language and Literature and a third master’s degree and a doctorate from Cornell University, Slavic Department. She was the chair of the Department of Russian Language and Literature at Ankara University between 2008-2012. She is currently teaching part-time at Middle East Technical University, in the Department of History and Eurasian Studies teaching courses on Russian History, History of the USSR, the Caucasus: History and Politics and Language Policies in the Late Imperial, Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia. She is also the founder and editor of the International Journal of Russian Studies (IJORS), published in the U.S.A.

Richard   Dietrich, PhD
Richard Dietrich is a Lecturer in History, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. He prepared the following Study Guides: Persian History. Ancient History, Ancient Greek History, Roman History, Byzantine History, Islamic History.

Mustafa  Soykut, PhD
Mustafa Soykut is professor of early modern history at the Department of History of Middle East Technical University, Ankara. He has studied in Trieste and University of Bologna in Italy and received his PhD from Hamburg University in Germany. He received a number of scholarships in Italy and Germany and awards including the Distinguished Young Scholar Award of the Turkish Academy of Sciences for his research on Italy and the Ottomans. Professor Soykut also lectures on the culture and history of religion of the Indian subcontinent. He prepared the following Study Guides: Medieval History and Early Modern History.

Devin  Stewart, PhD
Devin J. Stewart is associate professor of Arabic and Islamic studies at Emory University. His specialties include Islamic law and legal theory, Shi'ite Islam, the Qur'an, and Arabic dialects. His written works include numerous articles and reviews. Stewart has also published three books: Islamic Legal Orthodoxy: Twelve Shiite Responses to the Sunni Legal System; Interpreting the Self: Autobiography in the Arabic Literary Tradition; and Law and Education in Islam. He prepared the following Study Guides: Arabic Autobiography.

Peter  Stearns, PhD
A widely published author and researcher in world history, Dr. Peter N. Stearns is Provost and Professor of History at George Mason University. Stearns was Chair of the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University and also served as the Dean of the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In addition, he founded and edited the Journal of Social History. Dr. Stearns was educated at Harvard University. Professor Stearns's publications in world history include two popular textbooks and more than 100 works in world history and other topics. His books include The Industrial Revolution in World History, Gender in World History, Consumerism in World History, Western Civilization in World History, Childhood in World History, and Global Outrage: The Evolution and Impact of World Opinion. Textbooks include World Civilizations and World History in Brief. He edited the Encyclopedia of World History.

Omer Turan, PhD
Omer Turan is a professor in the History Department at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and teaches Ottoman, Turkish and Balkan
History. He is the author of several books and articles on these topics.

Guclu   Tülüveli, PhD
Güçlü Tülüveli, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Ottoman history currently working in the Department of History, Middle East Technical University. He had received his B.A from METU, M.A from Bosphorus University and his Ph.D. from the Center for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham, England. His area of expertise is Ottoman socio-economic and urban history in the early modern era. He prepared the following Study Guide: Ottoman History.