Faculty Directors

M. Șükrü Hanioğlu, a professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, lectures primarily on late Ottoman political and diplomatic history, late Ottoman history, and Turkish political life. Hanioğlu’s teaching interests have taken him to Istanbul and Bosphorus Universities and the Turkish Naval Academy, as well as to Columbia University, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Michigan, and the University of Chicago. He is the author of a three-volume work on the history of the Committee of Union and Progress from its founding to the Young Turk Revolution (1889–1908). The three volumes were published in 1986, 1992, and 1995. He holds a Ph.D. from Istanbul University.

Erika Gilson, a native of Istanbul, is a senior lecturer in Turkish in Princeton’s Department of Near Eastern Studies. She has taught all levels of Turkish and introductory Ottoman at Princeton as well as at Columbia University. Her publications include: Intermediate Turkish II: Manual for Individualized Study, and The Turkish Grammar of Thomas Vaughan: Ottoman Turkish at the End of the XVIIth Century According to an English Transkriptionstext, Near and Middle East Monographs, N.S. II. A lifelong student of languages, Gilson began her studies at the University of Heidelberg and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.