Akcaguner, Yasemin

Field: Middle East; Advisor: Tunc Sen; Year: 2018

Yasemin Akçagüner is a PhD student interested in the social and cultural history of the late Ottoman Empire, with a focus on the histories of time and money. Her research deals in part with the materialization and proliferation of clocks and other time-telling technologies in urban spaces and the influence these new technologies had on the psyche of local populations.

Before Columbia, Yasemin was a Master’s student at the International History department of the London School of Economics. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Asian & Middle Eastern Cultures (with distinction) from Barnard College. She is a native of Istanbul and likes to make maps of urban clocks. You can check out her (still developing) map of public clocks in London here.