About Us

Chris Gratien and Emrah Safa Gürkan
Georgetown University, April 2011
Ottoman History Podcast began in March of 2011. It was a modest experiment aimed at finding an alternative form of academic production that explores new and more accessible media and allows for a collaborative approach. Since then we have grown to be one of the largest digital resources for academic discussion concerning the Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East. Our recorded interviews and lectures, while still largely academic in tone, provide serious and constructive conversation in an accessible and almost human format that is easy on the brain and eyes. For more about our mission, see our project overview.

Click here for a complete episode guide.

The Ottoman History Podcast website is designed and edited by Chris Gratien. To read about our revolving banner images, see this short summary.


Ottoman History Podcast is in the process of instituting an annually-appointed editorial team tasked with facilitating the production and growth of the project. Our editorial team for 2017 is as follows:

Editor in Chief - Chris Gratien
Managing Editor - Susanna Ferguson
Managing Editor - Nir Shafir
Media Specialist - Taylan Güngör
Content Coordinator - Emily Neumeier
Social Media Manager - Shireen Hamza

Please stay tuned to learn more about our new organization and production process in January 2017.