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Project Executives

Ali Yaycioglu is a historian of the Ottoman Empire. His research centers on the economic, political, and legal institutions, ideas and practices; forms of accumulating and losing power and wealth; spatial organization of the empire; and the transformation of the social-religious order in the eighteenth and the early nineteenth centuries. He also has a research agenda on how people imagined, represented and recorded property, territory, and nature in early modern era and how we can use digital tools to understand, visualize and conceptualize these imaginations, representations and recordings. Dr. Yaycioglu teaches courses on the Middle East and the Balkans during the Ottoman rule; history of Muslim world from medieval to modern times; empires, markets and networks in the early modern world; economic history and history of Modern Turkey. Ali Yaycioglu'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. Yaycioglu is working on a book project, entitled The Order Debt: State, Wealth and Death inthe 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. Yaycioglu's other project, tentatively entitled Ottoman Topologies: Managing, Knowing and Recording Natureexamines 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...

Antonis Hadjikyriacou is Teaching Fellow at the Department of Political Science and History at Panteion University, Athens and Affiliate Scholar at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) at Stanford University. He earned his Ph.D. in History from SOAS, University of London, and he has previously worked and taught at Princeton University, SOAS, the University of Crete, and the University of Cyprus. Between 2014 and 2016 he was Marie Curie Intra-European fellow at the Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas in Rethymno, Greece. Ηe is currently completing a monograph entitled Insularity and Empire: Ottoman Cyprus in the Early Modern Mediterranean. He is editor of Islands of the Ottoman Empire (Princeton, 2018) and has worked on a number of spatial history projects employing digital humanities methods. His research interests include: social and economic history, Historical Geographic Information Systems (HGIS), spatial history, environmental history, the Mediterranean world, and the transition to modernity.

Erik Steiner is the Co-Director and co-founder of the Spatial History Project at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) at Stanford University. Erik has degrees in Geography, French, and International Studies and is a former President of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). His diverse work spans a range of academic disciplines in the humanities, social and environmental sciences and sits at at the intersection of technology, creative arts, and academic scholarship. He is a cartographer and interaction designer who has led the design and development of dozens of interactive and information design projects through major grants from the Getty, Kress, and Mellon Foundations, NEH, NSF and ACLS on projects such as Geographies of the Holocaust, and

Fatma Oncel is an Istanbul based historian specialized on social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire. After completing her B.A. in Boğaziçi University Political Science and International Relations in 2004, she has earned her M.A. degree with the thesis entitled “Proto-Industrialization in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Balkan Countryside: Textile Manufacturing in Villages of Plovdiv”, and her Ph.D. degree in 2018 with the dissertation entitled “Agrarian Relations and Estate (Çiftlik) Agriculture in Ottoman Thessaly (c.1780 – 1880)” at the History Department of the same university. Her dissertation addresses the transformation of Ottoman land, labor and taxation institutions in this period. Her research interests include the Ottoman economic history, Balkan history, legal history, rural communities and relations, and the history of Ottoman music. As the research associate of the Mapping Ottoman Epirus Project, Dr. Öncel focuses on land tenure, taxation, debt and credit relations, agrarian management, and proto-industrialization under Ali Pasha's rule. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Project Manager

Selma Koroglu

Selma Koroglu is MapOE project's manager. After receiving her B.S. in Geomatics Engineering, she did graduate work in Istanbul Technical and Istanbul Universities. She completed her master's in the Department of Political Science at Istanbul University in 2018. During her professional career in Turkey for 13 years, she worked as a geomatics engineer under various local government public projects, supervising the mapping, planning, and construction stages. Her specialty is in GIS and map visualization. As the project manager of the MapOE, she coordinates the team members, graduate students and interns. Her interests include digital humanities, spatially integrated social science and historical GIS.


Petros Kastrinakis is currently a Phd candidate in the History Department of the University of Crete in collaboration with the Institute for Mediterranean Studies (IMS/F.O.R.T.H.) in Rethymno. His main field of research is urban and maritime history specializing in late Ottoman Crete. He graduated from same department and holds an M.A. with a thesis entitled “Μeasures of repression of the Albanians in the ottoman Balkans during the 18th century: the case-study of Veroia and Katerini” completed under the supervision of Professor Antonis Anastasopoulos. Main focus of his thesis was centre-periphery relations, local elites and banditry in the Ottoman Empire. He  worked in several research projects in the Institute for the Mediterranean Studies (IMS/F.O.R.T.H.) between 2015-2018. Currently Petros Kastrinakis is responsible for the relational database derived from the Ali Pasha Archives for the MapOE.

Merve Tekgurler is a Ph.D. student in the History Department at Stanford University. They received their BA from Freie Universität Berlin where they worked as a student assistant in the Chair for the Early Modern History with a focus on the interactions and relations of the Ottoman Empire with Central Europe, particularly with Germany. At Stanford, they intend to work on the Ottoman-Polish borderlands of the 17th and 18th centuries, with an emphasis on the changes and continuities in the region during the partitions of Poland. They are currently participating in the digitalisation of the 1892 Ottoman Transportation Network Map and working on their own side project on the digitalisation of Ottoman-Polish border.

Ebru Cetin Milici

Ebru Cetin Milci is a philologist with an interest in Turkic languages, from medieval to the modern periods. Dr. Milci completed her dissertation on the seventeenth century Gregorian Zone Kipchak-Turkish legal texts in Armenian script at the Marmara University in 2014. She continues to study Kipchak-Turkish legal texts. She taught in Turkish at high school and university level in Turkey. Currently, Dr. Milci collaborates with Ali Yaycioglu as a text editor in a project on the eighteenth and early ninteenth century Ottoman probate invenotories (muhallefat defters).

Aylin Kahraman-Kaplan is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Bilkent University. Her field of research is the Ottoman social and economic history in early modern period. After completing her B.A. in International Relations at the Middle East Technical University in 2015, she has earned her M.A. degree with the thesis entitled “The Administrative, Economic and Social Relations of Sofia in the Eighteenth Century: An Essay of the Spatial Analysis” in the History Department of Bilkent University. In her Ph.D. thesis, she focuses on the Ottoman provincial organization. Aylin Kahraman-Kaplan has been working on the Ottoman probate inventories from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries with Ali Yaycioglu.

Lara Arikan is a freshman studying electrical engineering with an eye to minor in music science and technology. Originally from Ankara, Turkey, she is working as a research intern at CESTA for the project Mapping Ottoman Epirus; she uses ArcGIS to organize and interpret data from old military maps. Lara is a published poet and enjoys conversation, translation, and computer music.

Collaborating Members

Dimitris Dimitropoulos graduated from the Historical and Archaeological Department of the Philosophical Faculty of University of Athens. He has been working at the Institute of Historical Research of National Hellenic Research Foundation (INR/NHRF) since 1992, as a supervisor of the Programme "Historical Study of Settlements in Greece, 15th–20th c.". His research focuses on settlements and populations of the Greek lands under the rule of Ottomans, the institutions, the social constitution and the economy of island societies of the Aegean from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth centuries. He has participated in the transcription and publication of the Archive of Ali Pasha. He has conducted a number of INR-based projects including the making of databases, the transcription of documents dated from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the classification of archives and the compilation of bibliographies on the modern political history of Greece. He has participated in various scholarly societies. He has published books, articles in academic journals, edited volumes, and presented papers in various Greek and international scientific congresses.

Molly Greene studies the history of the Mediterranean Basin, the Ottoman Empire, and the Greek world. Her interests include the social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire, the experience of Greeks under Ottoman rule, Mediterranean piracy, and the institution of the market. After earning a B.A. in political science at Tufts University (1981), Professor Greene spent several years living in Greece and then completed a Ph.D. in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton (1993), where she studied Ottoman history. Upon graduating she joined the Princeton faculty with a joint appointment in the History Department and the Program in Hellenic Studies. Her first book, A Shared World: Christians and Muslims in the Early Modern Mediterranean (2000), examines the transition from Venetian to Ottoman rule on the island of Crete, which the Ottomans conquered in 1669. Challenging the assumption of a radical rupture with the arrival of the Ottomans, Greene shows that the population of Crete had been drawn into the Ottoman world long before the conquest and that important continuities linked the Venetian and the Ottoman periods. Greene also challenges a simple model of Christian-Muslim antagonism in the eastern Mediterranean and argues that the tension between Latin and Orthodox Christianity was just as important in shaping the history of the region.

Fikret Yilmaz

Fikret Yilmaz is a scholar of social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire, focusing on the early modern period. After he completed his Ph.D. at Ege Üniversity, Yılmaz taught at Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir and Eastern Mediterranean University in Cyprus. Since 2012, he has been teaching at Bahçeşehir University. Professor Fikret Yılmaz and Ali Yaycioglu are carrying out a project on Ottoman Probate Inventories (muhallefat and tereke) from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, which is a sub-division of the Mapping Ottoman Epirus Project.

Fatma Acun

Fatma Acun, is a historian of the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. Her research interests focus on social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire during the 15th. and 16th. centuries; provincial administration with particular emphasis on the workings of decision making mechanism; cities and urbanization as a part of Ottoman development and decline. She is also interested in the methodology of history, particularly visual history and prosopography. She earned her PhD. in history from the Center for Byzantine Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, Birmingham Unversity, England (1994). She has been visiting scholar to the department of History, Illinois University (2013) and to CESTA, Stanford University (2019). She led a number of projects in visual history and prosopography, where she exploited mass of visual and textual material with the help of digital tools. Professor Acun contributes to digital mapping of the Ottoman transportation networks within the MapOE Project.

Fatih Yesil

Fatih Yesil is a professor and the vice chair of the History Department at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey. He is interested in the evolution of the Ottoman State apparatus at the Age of Revolutions and the impact of the Enlightenment on the Ottoman State and society. He teaches courses on the Ottoman Military and Diplomatic History and Early Modern European History. The scope of his studies concentrate on the diplomatic and military interactions among the Ottoman, Habsburg and Russian Empires and the Anglo-Ottoman Encounters in the Eighteenth Century. His lateest publication include "Drill and Discipline as a Civilizing Process: The Genesis of the Modern Soldier in the Ottoman Empire, 1789 - 1826" and "Rapid-Fire Artillery in the Ottoman Empire (1773 - 1807)".

Ozer Ergenc

Ozer Ergenc received his Ph.D. from Ankara University in 1974, with a thesis entitled "A Research on Ottoman Urban Institutions and their  Socio-Economic Structures via a Comparison between Ankara and Konya in between 1588-1596." Prior to joining Bilkent University, Prof. Ergenç taught at Ankara University. He is a member of Turkish Historical Society (Türk Tarih Kurumu), History Foundation (Tarih Vakfı) and of TÜBİTAK, SOBAG (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Group). He is currently working on TÜSOKTAR (A Database Preparation on Social, Economic and Cultural History of Turkey) Project of Turkish Historical Society.

Katherine Fleming

Katherine E. Fleming is Provost of New York University, where she is also the Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization in the Department of History.  She served for many years as Associate Director and then Director of NYU's Remarque Institute. From 2007-2012 Fleming was Associate Professor at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris,  and from 2012–2016 served as President of the Board of Directors of the University of Piraeus, Greece.   A specialist on the religious history of Greece and the broader Mediterranean, she holds honorary doctorates from the University of Macedonia (PAMAK) and from Ionian University, and her work has won the Runciman Prize and the National Jewish Book Award, among other honors. Educated at Barnard College, the University of Chicago, and the University of California- Berkeley, Fleming is currently co-director of a major public benefit oral history project in Greece, supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Nicole Coleman is the Academic Technology Specialist at the Stanford Humanities Center where she works in collaboration with humanities faculty on selected international research projects.

Collaborating Institution

Institute of Historical Research - National Hellenic Research Foundation

Mapping Ottoman Epirus would not have been possible without the meticulous and painstaking work of Vassilis Panagiotopoulos, Dimitris Dimitropoulos and Panagiotis Michailaris who transcribed, edited, commented upon and published a rich collection of documents in Greek pertaining to Ali pasha found in the Gennadios Library, the Greek General State Archives and the Benaki Museum. The Institute for Historical Research - National Hellenic Research Foundation has generously shared the published volumes of the collection and granted permission for processing the material.