Field: Modern Middle East
Advisor: Christine Philliou
Anna Wood is a doctoral student at Columbia University studying modern Middle East history, with a focus on the late Ottoman Empire and the Republic of Turkey. Her areas of interest include nationalism (particularly Kurdish and Turkish), identity, (self-)narrative and the organization and conceptualization of space.
Anna received her BA in history with a specialization in pre-law from Columbia in 2010, graduating magna cum laude and with departmental honors. Her senior thesis, “Self-Composed: The Narration of Nationality and Identity among Anatolian Kurds, 1908-1938,” earned her the Albert Marion Elsberg Prize for excellence in modern history. Following graduation from college, Anna returned to Turkey, where she spent three years working as a freelance journalist, writer and yoga instructor before returning to New York for her graduate studies. She received her MA from Columbia in 2014 with a master’s thesis entitled “(Dis)Orienting Paris: Remapping the French Capital via Ottoman Opposition Movements, 1880-1918.” Anna currently serves as the Graduate History Association LGBTQ Coordinator.