Gábor Ágoston was born and educated in Hungary. He earned his M.A. and University Doctorate (Doctor universitatis) from the University of Budapest (ELTE) and his Ph.D. from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Between 1985 and 1998 he taught Hungarian, Ottoman and Balkan history at the Universities of Budapest and Pecs (JPTE), Hungary. Since 1998 he has been a faculty member of Georgetown’s History Department, where he teaches courses on Ottoman and Middle Eastern history, the Balkans and the Black Sea. In 2003 he was Gastprofessor at the Institute of History, University of Vienna, Austria. His field of research includes Ottoman military, economic and social history from the fifteenth through the late eighteenth centuries, early modern Hungarian history, and the comparative study of the Ottoman and Habsburg empires. His latest book, Guns of the Sultan: Military Power and the Weapons Industry in the Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2005; paperback edition, 2009; Turkish- and German-language editions, 2006 and 2009) challenges the sweeping generalizations of Eurocentric and Orientalist scholarship regarding Ottoman and Islamic societies. In addition to four Hungarian-language books, he has published more than fifty scholarly articles and book chapters in English, Hungarian, Turkish, German, French and Italian on Ottoman, European and Hungarian history.
Mustafa Aksakal is the author of The Ottoman Road to War in 1914 (2008), a study of internal reasons for the empire’s decision to join the war on Germany’s side. His current book project, Ottoman Society at War, investigates military and civilian life during wartime in the empire's final decade. Recently he held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the American Council of Learned Societies. He teaches courses in Ottoman and Modern Turkish history.
Brenda Bickett is the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Bibliographer at Georgetown University Library. She selects for and develops the collections and provides reference assistance for materials that treat these areas. She also has acquisitions and cataloging responsibilities for materials in Arabic and Turkish and acts as the primary contact for the library at the McGhee Center for East Mediterranean Studies in Alanya, Turkey.
Sinan Ciddi was appointed as the fourth Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies, succeeding David C. Cuthell at the end of August 2011.
Ciddi was born in Turkey and educated in the United Kingdom, where he gained his Ph.D. in Political Science from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London in June 2007. He was previously an instructor at Sabancı University between 2004-2008 and completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the same institution between 2007-2008.
He recently published a book titled Kemalism in Turkish Politics: The Republican People's Party: Secularism and Nationalism (Routledge, January 2009) focusing on the electoral weakness of the Republican People's Party.
Between 2008-2011, he established the Turkish Studies program at the University of Florida's Center for European Studies.
Dr. Sylvia Wing Önder has been teaching Turkish Language and Culture at Georgetown since the Fall Semester of 1998, when she created Georgetown's first Intensive Beginning Turkish class (6 credits per semester) and developed Intermediate and Advanced levels for growing numbers of students. Along with language classes, she has taught a range of classes in Turkish Culture, Cultural Anthropology, Central Asian Cultures, and seminars for the School of Foreign Service's Culture and Politics major. She offered a new course on Medical Anthropology in the Spring and Fall of 2009. In the Spring of 2010 she will offer "Europe and Islam: Orientalist Fantasies and Turkish Realities" (Anth-436) and "Central Asian Cultures" (TURK-362)
Dr. Önder's research is primarily ethnographic, including long term stays in a Turkish Black Sea village to study women's lives and traditional healing practices. Her current research interests include political cartoons, popular music videos, and political and artistic expressions of Turkish youth groups in Turkey and in Germany.
Dr. Önder has served for several years as Co-Director for the State Department's CAORC Turkish Critical Language Scholarship program, which has allowed up to 52 students from around the United States to study Turkish in the summer.