Lerna Ekmekcioglu

McMillan-Stewart Career Development Associate Professor of History
617- 253-9621


B.A. Bogazici University (Istanbul), 2002
Ph.D. New York University, 2010

Lerna Ekmekcioglu is a historian of the modern Middle East and an affiliate of the Women and Gender Studies Program.  She specializes on Turkish and Armenian lands in the beginning of the 20th century. Her work focuses on minority-majority relationships and the ways in which gendered analytical lenses help us better understand coexistence and conflict, including genocide, in the Middle East. She teaches courses on cultural pluralism, women and war, and global revolutions. Her first book, which came out in 2006, was an edited volume in Turkish titled Bir Adalet Feryadı, Osmanlı’dan Cumhuriyet’e Beş Ermeni Feminist Yazar (1862-1933) [A Cry for Justice: Five Armenian Feminist Writers from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic (1862-1933)] . Her first monograph, Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Beloning in Post-Genocide Turkey, will come out of Stanford University Press in late 2015. The book offers the first in-depth study of the aftermath of the 1915 Armenian Genocide and the Armenians who remained in Turkey.