Koh, Choon Hwee

Yale University

Research Title: Outsourcing Empire: Contracting out the Ottoman Postal System, 1690–1840

Ms. Koh is a PhD candidate in History at Yale University. Her research interests include early modern fiscal reform, comparative empires, and comparative state formation. As an ANAMED fellow, she will be undertaking research on the sprawling Ottoman postal network that connected Constantinople to Cairo and Belgrade to Baghdad. Her primary sources include judicial court records, financial documents, historical chronicles, petitions, and travelogues. She has tentative plans for employing GIS technology on a land journey across Anatolia in order to map the changing routes of the Ottoman postal system. When not working, she may be found watching Bollywood movies, Korean dramas, or cat videos on the Istanbul metro.