Canan Bolel (she/her/hers)

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Denny 237
Office Hours
By appointment only


Ph.D., Near and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Washington, 2022
MSc, Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2014
M.A., Political Science, Sabanci University, 2013
B.A., Economics, Sabanci University, 2011
Curriculum Vitae (117.91 KB)

Canan Bolel is a historian of the Ottoman Empire’s Jewish communities. Her first book project,
“Constructions of Jewish Modernity and Marginality in Izmir, 1860–1907” focuses on embodied
marginalities and questions how Sephardic Jews constituted their identities within imperial and
communal settings by focusing on the Jewish diseased, criminals, and converts to Christianity. Her
current work focuses on the languages and literatures of Sephardic Jews during the Early Turkish