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Matthew Ghazarian

Eveillard Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Environmental Science and Policy


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Matthew Ghazarian’s research focuses on environmental history, political economy, and communal conflict in the Middle East. Ghazarian’s current project examines the links between material conditions–including debt, drought, and hunger–and widening communal divides in the late Ottoman Empire.

Ghazarian is a member of the Ottoman History Podcast editors collective and has taught in the Department of History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the Armenian Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Selected Publications

"Annulled: Marriage, Sex, and Violence in the Archives of the Ottoman East." Archiv orientální 91, no. 3 (2023): 375-401.

A Climate of Confessionalization: Famine and Difference in the Late Ottoman Empire.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 54, no. 3, (2022): 484-504. 

The Unspoken as Heritage: the Armenian Genocide and its 2021 Unaccounted Lives by Harry Harootunian,” Arab Studies Journal 29, no. 2,  (2021): 194-98.

“Reading and Analyzing Ottoman Manuscripts” Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 6, no. 1, (2019), 245-47.

Online works

Ottoman Postcards in a Post-Ottoman World.” Baraza. 13 October 2014


Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A., Columbia University in the City of New York
A.B., Harvard University

Selected Works in Smith ScholarWorks