Yasemin Akçagüner is a doctoral candidate in the History department and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia. She studies the relationship between scientific knowledge production and social order in the Ottoman Empire at the turn of the nineteenth century, a period of political upheaval and reforms. Specifically, her dissertation explores how changing conceptions of the human body shaped imaginations of the body politic through the life and works of a physician-turned-historian, Şanizade Ataullah Efendi (d. 1826).
Originally from Istanbul, Yasemin holds an MSc with Distinction from the International History department of the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science and Asian & Middle Eastern Cultures with Distinction from Barnard College. Her work has been published in the Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association and Hazine.