Anthropology and History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2015
History of Modern Turkey, Atatürk Institute, Boğaziçi University, 2006
Electronics and Communication, Istanbul Technical University, 2004
Bornova Anadolu High School
Late Ottoman and Republican history, urban studies, historical anthropology, philosophy of history, collective violence
Dr. Ali Sipahi received his BSc degree in Electronics and Communication from Istanbul Technical University in 2004. He pursued his academic career in social sciences and obtained his MA degree in History of Modern Turkey from the Atatürk Institute at Boğaziçi University. He completed his PhD in anthropology and history with the dissertation titled “At Arm’s Length: Historical Ethnography of Proximity in Harput” at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2015. In 2013-14, he spent the academic year in Berlin as a visiting scholar at Zentrum Moderner Orient. In Summer 2015, he taught in the Department of Sociology at Koç University, Istanbul.
Dr. Sipahi’s graduate work focused on the urban history of Elazığ-Harput as a medium to uncover the social transformation in the eastern provinces of the Ottoman Empire and Turkey in the last two centuries. He was interested in urban transformation, trans-regional migration and collective violence. With his colleagues, he co-organized a conference on the Ottoman East, and co-edited The Ottoman East in the Nineteenth Century (I.B.Tauris, 2016). Dr. Sipahi is currently working on a new project on regimes of historicity and the 1960 Coup in Turkey.