Huri Islamoglu is professor of economic history at Bogazici University, Istanbul and visiting professor of history at the University of California, Berkeley. She has also taught at Middle East Technical University (Ankara,Turkey), Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), New York University. Her publications include (with Peter Perdue) Shared Histories of Modernity in China, India and the Ottoman empire (2009), Constituting Modernity: Private Property in the East and West (2004), Ottoman Empire and the World Economy (1987); State and Peasant in the Ottoman Empire (1994). She has written and lectured in fields of economic history, political economy, legal history, rural history, history of the state and administration, globalization and agriculture, global governance and law.
She is engaged in writing a world history. She focuses on the concern for government and in that relation law (statecraft) as a common thread that binds together histories of different world regions since the 15th century in a world historical of continued commercial expansion and military/political competition among political entities. Geographically her work addresses Ming and Qing China, Ottoman empire, Germany and England in the 19th centuries. She is also interested in issues of governing the present-day global societies, and what law is in that context. During her stay at the EUI, she would like to participate in the seminars on Comparative and Trans-national History and Global History, to have conversations with economic historians, historians who work on comparative or transnational history as well as in engaging in conversations with jurists on global governance and law.