What Do Gangsters Have To Teach Us About Modern Turkey?


Marshall 490
845 N. Park Ave Room 490
Tucson , AZ


Fri, 10/23/2015 - 3:00pm to Fri, 08/12/2022 - 9:17pm

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Join the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, The Arizona Center for Turkish Studies, and CMES for our Fall 2015 Colloquium Series

Ryan Gingeras is an Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

Like in the United States, figures, events and periods related to organized crime play pivotal roles in the making of modern Turkey. As in the United States, the significance of gangsters and organized crime in Turkish history exceed the color and salaciousness they endow to the past and present. A closer understanding of organized crime and criminals provides an important window into the formation of Turkey's political system, as well as its economy and social structure. This talk explores the theoretical and comparative underpinnings for how and why gangsters are instructive subjects for historical research in Turkey and elsewhere.


Ryan Gingeras is an associate professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He is the author of several books on the history of the late Ottoman Empire and the Turkish Republic. His most current works are entitled, Heir to the Empire: Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (Oxford 2015) and Fall of the Sultanate: The Great War and the End of the Ottoman Empire, 1908-1922 (Oxford 2016). He has published on a wide variety of topics in such journals as the Middle East Journal, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Iranian Studies, Past and Present, and Diplomatic History. He specializes in issues related to empire, organized crime, nationalism and inter-communal violence in the contemporary the Balkans and the Middle East.  In addition to academic publishing and teaching, Ryan Gingeras has served as researcher and consultant on the behalf of the Departments of Defense, State and Energy.

Co-Sponsored by The School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and The Arizona Center for Turkish Studies