Hasan Karataş, a historian of early modern Ottoman Empire, earned his B.A. in History from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul and Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley (2011.) His dissertation explores the role of central Anatolian city of Amasya in the process of transmission of the Khalwati Sufi order to the Ottoman world and questions the centrality of the frontier conditions in the formation of the Ottoman Empire. His research and publications focus on Ottoman scholarly and Sufi networks, and urban history of Anatolia during the formative centuries of the empire. Dr. Karataş is currently finishing a book entitled, Contending for Istanbul: Anatolian Cities and the Making of the Ottoman Sufism in the Fifteenth-Century. Concurrently he is completing a project on the development of urban history writing in the early twentieth century Turkey, and preparing an article about the endowment deed and architecture of a Sufi convent in Anatolia.
Before joining the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Karataş worked in University of St. Thomas, Sabancı and New York Universities. His teaching interests range on subjects from urban history to religion and politics in early modern and modern Middle East. Dr. Karataş is the recipient of Magistretti Fellowship in Near Eastern Studies at UC. Berkeley (2001-2005.) His research languages include Ottoman and Modern Turkish, French, Persian, Arabic and Italian. Dr. Karataş is the member of various professional organizations including, Urban History Association, American Historical Association and Middle East Studies Association of North America.