Myrsini Manney-Kalogera

Ph.D. Student, Middle Eastern History
Graduate Associate Teacher

I am a Ph.D candidate in the Department of History, focusing on education in the eighteenth and nineteenth century Ottoman Empire. My dissertation examines non-Muslim educational movements in the Balkans, tracing their links to the broader patronage networks of the eighteenth century. I also incorporate comparative history methodologies, paying special attention to intellectual exchange within the Ottoman Empire and beyond it. My work has been supported by the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (FH-DDRA) Award, and the University of Arizona's Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Institute (SBSRI), among others.

I received my Master's degree in 2017 from SOAS, University of London, with a focus in Near and Middle Eastern History. My thesis, titled "Tutors and Saviors: The Vlach School Movement in Late Ottoman Macedonia, 1864-1908", focused on Vlach language schools in nineteenth-century Rumeli, and explored the ways in which school attendance and curricula were influenced by broader imperial educational trends and nationalist ideas. I also hold a Bachelor's degree in History and English from Columbia University.