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Associate Professor of History, University of South Carolina

Nükhet Varlık is a historian of the Ottoman Empire interested in disease, medicine, and public health. Her first book, "Plague and Empire in the Early Modern Mediterranean World: The Ottoman Experience, 1347–1600," is the first systematic scholarly study of the Ottoman experience of plague during the Black Death pandemic and the centuries that followed.

She is translating and editing a number of sources pertaining to the history of Ottoman medicine, and is involved in multidisciplinary research projects that incorporate perspectives from molecular genetics (ancient DNA research in particular), bioarchaeology, disease ecology, and climate science into historical inquiry.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of History, University of South Carolina