Serdar Poyraz

Serdar Poyraz

Visiting Assistant Professor

Academic Interests

  • History of the Modern Middle East
  • Social and Intellectual History of the late Ottoman Empire and Early Turkish Republic
  • Social and Political History of Modern Iran

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • “Thinking about Turkish Modernization: Cemil Meriç on Turkish Language, Culture, and Intellectuals,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 16, No. 3 (2006): 434-445.

  • “Turkish-Iranian Relations: A Wider Perspective,” SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research, Policy Brief No: 37, November 2009.

  • “Analyzing a Late Ottoman Debate on Science, Religion and Modernity,” Turkish Review, 3, No.1 (2013): 38-40.

  • “The Georgian Connection: Mehmed Tahir Münif Pasha (1830-1910), Mirza FathaliAkhundzadeh (1812-1878) and the Politics of Alphabet Reform in the Ottoman Empire,” presented at The 4th Turkish Studies Project Conference: The Caucasus at the Imperial Twilight: Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Nation-Building, from 1870s to 1920s, organized by the Tbilisi State University (Georgia) and The University of Utah (U.S.A), Tbilisi, Georgia, June 2013. The planned edited volume that will feature the papers presented in this conference is set for publication in the course of the year 2014.

Previous Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of History- University of Montana- (September 2010-May 2013).

  • Visiting Lecturer of History- Wake Forest University- (December 2009-June 2010).

  • Ph.D (History): Ohio State University (2010)

  • M.A. (Political Science): Ohio State University (2003)

  • B.A. (International Relations): Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey (2000)

  • Assistant Professor at Oregon State University


Ankara, Turkey


  • Reading Continental Philosophy
  • Playing Chess
  • Cooking


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