Ayşe Baltacıoğlu-Brammer is an Assistant Professor of History at New York University. Her area of expertise is the early modern Ottoman and Safavid Empires. Her publications examine empire formation in the Middle East and its enmeshment with sectarian, geo-political, and fiscal issues, particularly in inter-confessional and inter-imperial contact zones such as eastern Anatolia, Kurdistan, and western Iran. She has been recently awarded fellowships by the Institute for Advanced Study and NYU’s Center for Humanities. She is currently completing her monograph, tentatively titled Politics of Sectarianism in the Middle East: Ottoman Sunnism, Safavid Shiism, and the Qizilbash.