Mehtap Ozdemir

Mehtap Ozdemir

Provost's Teaching Post-Doc
in Middle Eastern Studies




Mehtap Ozdemir is a postdoctoral teaching fellow in MESAS with joint appointment in Comparative Literature.  She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2022. Before starting at Emory, between 2011-July 2023, she held a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bologna, conducting archival research and digitization in Ottoman Turkish in the ERC-funded project, "Modernizing Empires: Enlightenment, Nationalist Vanguards and Non-Western Literary Modernities." As an external researcher for the project, she continues her exploration of translation activities and print culture in the late Ottoman Empire. She is currently working on a monograph which reframes Ottoman literary modernity from the angle of Persinate poetics and hermeneutics. She has recently co-edited a special issue for Philological Encounters on the late Persinate world. She has published and forthcoming articles in Philological Encounters (2023), Critical Global Studies Beyond Eurocentrism (eds. Simon Gikandi, Laura Doyle, And Mwangi wa Githinji, 2024), and The Cambridge History of Middle Eastern Modernism (ed. Levin Thompson, 2024). Her research and teaching fields include Middle Eastern literary modernities, comparative poetics, critical translation theory, modern Turkish literature, and Sufi poetics.