Hakan Özoğlu

Hakan Özoğlu, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1997)

Research Interests

Islamic/Middle Eastern History

Recent Research Activities

Hakan Özoğlu's previous research focuses on Kurdish Nationalism in the Ottoman Empire. His book was titled Kurdish Notables and the Ottoman State. The Turkish edition of the book came out in 2004. Özoğlu's main aim in this project was to understand the process of identity formation and the emergence of nationalism. His research interests include the power struggle in the modern Turkish Republic after WWI and US involvement in the Middle East through Turkey after the Great War. His latest book deals with the tension between the secularists and the Islamists and with the Kemalist project to tame the political opposition in an attempt to westernize the remnant of the last "Islamic Empire." His book From Caliphate to Secular State is released by Praeger Press in 2011. He is currently the Director of Middle Eastern Studies Minor. His latest book is titled The Decline of the Ottoman Empire and the Rise of the Turkish Republic by the Edinburgh University PressHis interviews and essays have appeared in many international media outlets including, New York Times, Orlando Sentinel, Chicago Tribune, WTTW PBS Chicago.  He is the recipient of the 2017-18 Fulbright Core Fellowship.

Selected Publications


  • Osmanlı'da Kürt Milliyetçiliği: Kimlik, Evrim, Sadakat.  Istanbul: İletişim, 2017 
  • DewletaOsmanî û Neteweperwerên Kurd. İstanbul: Kitap Yayınevi, 2012.
  • Cumhuriyetin Kuruluşunda İktidar Kavgası. İstanbul: KitapYayınevi, 2011.
  • FromCaliphate to Secular State: Power Stuggle in the Early Turkish Republic. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-Clio/Praeger Publishers, 2011
  • OsmanlıDevleti ve Kürt Milliyetçiliği. İstanbul: KitapYayınevi, 2005. Second edition in 2006,third edition 2007
  • Kurdish Notables andthe Ottoman State: Evolving Identities, Competing Loyalties and ShiftingBoundaries. Albany: SUNY Press, 2004, paperback, 2007

Edited Collections

  • U.S.Consular Reports and the internal Affairs of Turkey in American-Turkish Encounters: Politics and Culture Between 1833-1989. Eds.Louis Mazzari, Selçuk Esenbel New Castle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press,  2012.


  • Political and Human Landscapes of Anatolia in American Diplomatic Correspondence afterWorld War I  in M. Hakan Yavuz,  Feroz Ahmad, eds., War and Empire: The Ottoman Empire and World War I  . (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press,2014)
  • Seyyahların Gözünden Bodrum in İkinci Bodrum UluslarasıKonferansı Bildirileri.  Eds.Ahmet Özgirayand Akif Erdoğru. Bodrum: Salmakis,2012.
  • "Mustafa Kemal'Atatürk'ün Amerika'ya Mektubu" [Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's Letter to America] Toplumsal Tarih. 150 (June, 2006)
  • "Sultan Vahdettin'in ABD Baskani Coolidge'e Gönderdigi Bir Mektup," [A Letter by the Last Ottoman Sultan Vahdettin to Mr. Coolidge, the President of the USA] Toplumsal Tarih. 142 (October, 2005).
  • "Nationalism and Kurdish Notables in the Late Ottoman and Early Republican Era" International Journal of Middle East Studies. 33-3 (August, 2001), pp. 343-409.
  • "State-Tribe Relations: Kurdish Tribalism in the 16th and 17th Century Ottoman Empire," British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. 23-1 (Summer 1996), pp. 5-22.
  • "Kurdish National Discourse: Comparing and Contrasting the Shaikh Said and the PKK Revolts," Turkish Studies Association Bulletin. 18-1 (Spring 1994), pp. 90-93.
  • "Winds of Change: The Kurdish Workers' Party and Turkish Nationhood," Turkish Studies Association Bulletin. 17-2 (Fall 1993), pp. 111-122.
  • "Türk Basininda Can Pazari," [Crises in the Turkish Press], Gözlem. 18 (Winter 1992), pp. 18-21.

Book Sections/Chapters

  • DoesKurdish Nationalism Have a Navel? in SymbioticAntagonisms: Competing Nationalisms inTurkey. Eds., Ayşe Kadıoğlu and Fuat Keyman. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press,2011.
  • "The Impact of Islam on Kurdish Identity Formation in the Middle East," in Evolution of Kurdish Identity Ed. Michael Gunter. Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishing, 2007.

Miscellaneous Publications

  • "Lessons From the Idea, and Rejection, of Kurdistan" New York Times,



2017-18                           Fulbright Core Scholar Fellowship

2015                                Miami Florida European Union Center of Excellence Faculty Research Award.

2011-2012                        CAH Research Incentive & Development Grant,

2011                                  Excellence in Research Award, College of Arts and Humanities, UCF.

2011                                  Turkish Coalition of America Research Grant, funded by TCA, a Washington DC based organization

2011                                  LIFE at UCF Award, funded by the Learning Institute for Elders at the University of Central Florida, Inc.                                      

2008                                  In-House Research Award, funded by University of Central Florida

2008, 2010                       The Pauley Endowment Research Award, funded by the University of Central Florida, Department of History                        

2006-2007                        Research Grant on Turkish-American Relations  funded by Fulbright-Turkey, U.S. State Department, C.V. Starr Institute,                                                  Turkish American Business Council, Boğaziçi University Foundation, Harran University, Koç Holding.

2000                                  American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) funded by the NEH, US State Department and private donors

1995-1996                        Ruth Higgins Awards at the Ohio State University

1996                                  Graduate Student Alumni Research Award at the Ohio State University


2012                                  Faculty Curriculum Development Award, Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence.

2011                                  Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Arts and Humanities, UCF.

2011                                  Information Fluency (IF) Award for the “Veterans History Project for the History of Iraq course.                                          

2009                                  Information Fluency (IF) Award for developing a teaching module, UCF

2009                                  Humanities and Digital Research Grant at University of Central Florida

2003                                  University of Chicago Teaching Grant


No courses found for Fall 2022.

No courses found for Summer 2022.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
11032 ASH4243 History of Iraq Web-Based (W) Unavailable
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Updated: Mar 30, 2021