Hello! I am an art historian of the visual and material cultures of the medieval Islamic world, with a special interest in Armenian, Byzantine, and Persian-Islamic artistic exchange and cultural encounters in medieval Anatolia, the South Caucasus, and the Eastern Mediterranean. I hold a Ph.D. degree in History of Art from Koç University, Istanbul. I am a Lecturer of Medieval Mediterranean and Islamic Arts in the History of Art Department at the University of Michigan where I was previously a Research Assistant in the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC), and a Freer Visiting Graduate Student Fellow in the History of Art at the University of Michigan as well as a Visiting Doctoral Student in History of Art at Bryn Mawr College. I am also one of the founding members of Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online where I serve as the Digital Technologies Coordinator, and an editorial assistant at the International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA).
My dissertation contextualizes bronze mirrors within the lives of the inhabitants of medieval Anatolia by considering their various functions in personal adornment and their use in devotional, divinatory, and talismanic practices during the Seljuk period, that is, between the late eleventh and early fourteenth centuries. I am currently working on a book manuscript exploring Seljuk-period bronze mirrors in medieval Anatolia. My research interests also include the collection and display of Islamic art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, history of sports, environmental studies, digital art history and visualization.
Ph.D. in History of Art, 2022
Freer Visiting Graduate Student Fellow, 2019–2020
University of Michigan
Visiting Doctoral Student, 2017–2018
Bryn Mawr College
M.A. in History, 2012
Istanbul Bilgi University
B.A. in Archaeology and History of Art, 2008
The International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA) publishes peer-reviewed articles on the urban design, architecture and landscape architecture of the historic Islamic world, encompassing the Middle East and parts of Africa and Asia, but also the more recent geographies of Islam in its global dimensions. The main emphasis is on the detailed analysis of the historical, theoretical, and practical aspects of architecture.
Khamseen: Islamic Art History Online is a free and open-access online platform of digital resources to aid the teaching of the history of Islamic art, architecture, and visual culture. Khamseen currently offers a collection of short-form video presentations on a range of topics in the scholarly discipline of Islamic art history.
This short essay aims to give graduate students some simple but effective strategies about the digital tools that I have found helpful to organize my work and time.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ‘Armenia!’ exhibition is the first significant attempt in the United States to explore the legacy of Armenian artistic and cultural productions.