Ali Yaycıoğlu is a historian of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey in the History Department at Stanford University and currently visiting associate professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. His research centers on economic, political, and legal institutions and practices as well as social and cultural life in southeastern Europe and the Middle East during the Ottoman Empire. He also has a research agenda on how people imagined, represented, and recorded property, territory, and nature in early periods. Furthermore, Dr. Yaycıoğlu explores how we can use digital tools to understand, visualize and conceptualize these imaginations, representations, and recordings.
Professor Yaycıoğlu's first book, Partners of the Empire: Crisis of the Ottoman Order in the Age of Revolutions (Stanford University Press, 2016) offers a rethinking of the Ottoman Empire within the global context of the revolutionary age in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Currently Dr. Yaycıoğlu is working on a book project, entitled The Order of Debt: Power, Wealth and Death in the Ottoman Empire analyzing transformations in property, finance, and statehood in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The book focuses on episodes of economic violence during the political and economic transformation from the Early Modern era to the Modern times through fiscal records, probate inventories, debt and credit registers, confiscation, and auction documents. Dr. Yaycıoğlu's other project, tentatively entitled Ottoman Topologies: Managing, Knowing and Recording Nature examines symbiotic relationship between managerial, intellectual, and scribal organization of the Ottoman Empire and various eco-orders, such as mountains, forests, valleys, steppes, river and lakesides, coastal areas, islands, and deserts.. Ali Yaycıoğlu is the supervisor of a digital history project, Mapping Ottoman Epirus, housed in Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA).
Born and raised in Ankara, Turkey, Ali Yaycıoğlu studied International Relations at the Middle East Technical University and Ottoman History at Bilkent University. Then, he studied Arabic and Islamic legal history at McGill University in Montreal. Yaycıoğlu completed his Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard in 2008. After his Ph.D., Yaycıoğlu carried out post-doctoral studies in the Agha Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the same university and then in Hellenic Studies at Princeton. He joined the History Department at Stanford in 2011. Professor Yaycıoğlu is also director of Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and a board member of Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), cofounder of Ottoman and Turkey Encounters at Stanford (OTES) and an associate member of the Centre d'études turques, ottomanes, balkaniques et centrasiatiques at L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris.
Ali Yaycıoğlu's recent publications includes
Partners of the Empire: Crisis of the Ottoman Order in the Age of Revolutions (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2016), Winner of 2016 Choice Award for Outstanding Academic Title, American Library Association.Turkish Translation: İmparatorluğun Ortakları: İhtilaller Çağında Osmanlı Nizâmının Krizi (Istanbul: Koç University Press, forthcoming in 2021).
Crafting History: Essays on the Ottoman World and Beyond in Honor of Cemal Kafadar, edited with Ilham Khuri-Makdisi and Rachel Goshgarian (Brookline, MA: Academic Studies Press, forthcoming 2021).
Forthcoming: “People, Participation and (Dis)order in Early Modern Islamic World,” in The Cambridge History of Democracy, vol. 2, edited by Markku Peltonen and Sophie Smith.
“Ottoman Early Modern,” Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association vol. 7, no. 1 (Spring, 2020): 70–73.
“Guarding Traditions and Laws versus Disciplining Bodies and Souls: Tradition, Science and Religion in the Age of Ottoman Reforms,” Modern Asian Studies, vol. 52, no. 5 (2018): 1542–1603.
“Global Transformations and the ‘Muslim World’: Connections, Crises, and Reforms,” in: The History of Islam, edited by Babak Rahimi, Armando Salvatore, and Roberto Tottoli (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018), pp. 435–458.
“An Heir of Chinghis Khan in the Age of Revolutions: The Story of an Unruly Crimean Prince in the Ottoman Empire and Beyond,” with Hakan Kırımlı, Der Islam vol. 94, no. 2 (October, 2017), pp. 496–526.
« Janissaires, ingénieurs et prêcheurs: Comment l’ingénierie militaire et l’activisme islamique changèrent l’ordre ottoman, » Revue d'histoire du XIXe siècle, no. 53 (2016) : 19–37.
“Révolutions de Constantinople: France and the Ottoman World in the Age of Revolutions,” in: French Mediterraneans: Transnational and Imperial Histories, edited by Patricia M.E. Lorcin and Todd Shepard (Lincoln, NE: Nebraska University Press, 2016), pp. 21–51.
“Provincial Power-holders and the Empire in the Late Ottoman World: Conflict or Partnership?” in: The Ottoman World, edited by Christine Woodhead (London: Routledge, 2012), pp. 436–452.
Forthcoming: “Ottoman Montology: Hazardous Resourcefulness and Uneasy Symbiosis in a Mountain Empire,” in Crafting History: Essays on the Ottoman World and Beyond in Honor of Cemal Kafadar, edited by Ali Yaycioglu, Ilham Khuri-Makdisi and Rachel Goshgarian (Brookline, MA: Academic Studies Press, forthcoming 2021).
“Karlofça Ânı: Osmanlı İmparatorluğu 18. Yüzyıla Nasıl Başladı?” [The Karlowitz Moment: How did the Ottoman Empire begin the 18th Century?] Tarih ve Toplum 18 (2021): 23-65.
“Perdenin Arkasındakiler: Osmanlı İmparatorluğunda Sarraflar ve Finans Ağları Üzerine bir Deneme,” [Behind the Curtain: An Essay on Sarrafs (Money Lenders) and Financial Networks in the Ottoman Empire], Festschrift in Honor of Özer Ergenç, Journal of Turkish Studies 52 (December, 2019): vol. II: 375–393.