Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular

Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular


leyla.amzi [at] rutgers.edu

Office Location

316 Conklin Hall
175 University Avenue
Newark, NJ 07102

Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular received her Ph.D. from the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University specializing in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. Her research focuses on the history of the Ottoman Empire and Southeastern Europe. Presently, Leyla Amzi-Erdogdular is working on a book manuscript titled Afterlife of Empire that explores Ottoman continuities in Habsburg Bosnia Herzegovina and the imperial imprint on modern state institutions, citizenship and allegiance, and ethnic and religious diversity. She founded the Rutgers University Newark Middle East Music Orchestra.

Courses Taught

Migration in the Middle East

Modern Middle East

Empire, Nation and State in the Middle East

Islamic Civilization II


Rutgers University Newark Chancellor's Seed Grant 2018-19

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) - Dissertation Fellowship in East European Studies 2012

Association for the Study of Nationalities - Best Paper Award Eurasia/Turkey 2011

Institute of Turkish Studies Fellowships 2006 & 2010

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship 2009


Ph.D. Columbia University, 2013

M.A. New York University, 2003

B.A. Ramapo College of NJ, 2001


Middle East, Balkans, Ottoman Empire, Turkey


"Ottoman Bosnia Herzegovina and its Muslims" in Routledge Handbook of Balkan and Southeast European History, John R. Lampe & Ulf Brunnbauer, editors. (Routledge, 2020). 

"Ottomania: Televised Histories and Otherness Revisited" Nationalities Papers 47:5 (2019): 879-893. 

"Visual Sources in late Ottoman History" co-edited with Zeynep Çelik, Special Edition for the Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies, 5:1 (2018). 

"Alternative Muslim Modernities: Bosnian Intellectuals in the Ottoman and Habsburg EmpiresComparative Studies in Society and History 59:4 (2017): 912-943. 

Late Ottoman Bosnia and the Imperial Afterlife, Ottoman History Podcast epispde 198 (2015)