Okan, Orcun Can

Columbia University

Research Topic: Coping with Transitions: The Connected Construction of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq (1918-1928)

Mr. Okan is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Columbia University. His dissertation research explores the establishment of Republican Turkey and the League of Nations Mandates in present-day Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq following the fall of the Ottoman Empire. He seeks to develop a comparative inquiry into how elite and non-elite sectors of late Ottoman society coped with transitions to these post-Ottoman regimes in the decade between 1918 and 1928. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, he studied at Uppsala University, the American University of Beirut, Cairo University, and Yale University in conjunction with his undergraduate and graduate studies at Boğaziçi University.