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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
Congratulations to Professor Allen and Barbara Isaacman! Their book "Dams, Displacement, and the Delusion of Development: Cahora Bassa and Its Legacies in Mozambique, 1965-2007" has recently been honored with two major book awards: ASA's Melville Herskovits Award, and AHA's Martin A. Klein Prize.December 5th, 2014
Professor Jeani O'Brien (history and American Indian studies) has been awarded the American Indian History Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 by the Western History Association.December 4th, 2014
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!