Peirce, Leslie

New York University

Research Topic: Captivity among the Ottomans

Dr. Peirce is an historian of the early modern Ottoman empire who obtained her PhD degree from Princeton University in 1988. Her ANAMED project, a book entitled Captivity among the Ottomans, explores what she calls “a spectrum of unfreedom.” In addition to legal forms of slavery, it studies “hidden captives,” the invisible victims of seizure by raiders, bandits, and abductors. Slavery has been less well studied for the 16th and 17th centuries in comparison to later periods. Because the sources of the period attest the frequency of freeing slaves, the intermediate category of freedpersons also figures in the project.