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I am a specialist in the history of the early modern Ottoman empire, although I also have interests in the history of geography and cartography, global exploration, and comparative empires. My first book, "The Ottoman Age of Exploration," was about the history of Ottoman expansion in the Indian Ocean during the sixteenth century. Based on extensive research in the archives of both Turkey and Portugal, it explored the ways in which the growth of the Ottoman Empire was part of the same historical process that witnessed the expansion of numerous other imperial powers, ranging from the overseas empires of Spain and Portugal to rival Islamic states like Mughal India and Safavid Iran. My next major project, tentatively titled "Curiosity and Intolerance: The Paradox of Early Modernity," is a comparative study of the development of ethnographic modes of writing in early modern Europe and the Ottoman Empire. At the same time I am also engaged in several smaller research projects on topics including corsairs and the development of Ottoman naval technology, a geo-historical study of the earthquake of Dubrovnik in 1667, and "Ottoman Humanism." Since 2011, I have also served as the co-executive editor (with Nabil Matar) of the Journal of Early Modern History
Jean O'Brien has been awarded this year's Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Jean O'Brien joins Erika Lee (2012) as the second historian to receive Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award. Congratulations, Jeani!
Congratulations to Ann Waltner, who is a 2014 recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service.
Giancarlo Casale has been named winner of this year's Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
The department's nomination recognized his success in the classroom, his integration of language study and study abroad, his activity as a public intellectual, and his service as DUS.
Each year since 1965, the University of Minnesota has recognized a select group of faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by colleges in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.
Congratulations, Giancarlo!April 1st, 2014