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Seçil Yilmaz

Postdoctoral Fellow


Seçil Yilmaz is a historian of medicine, gender, and sexuality in the Ottoman Empire/modern Middle East. She completed her Ph.D. in History at the Graduate Center, CUNY with the dissertation “Love in the Time of Syphilis: Medicine and Sex in the Ottoman Empire, 1860-1922.” Before completing her Ph.D., she was a Fulbright Visiting Researcher in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University in 2008-2009. She is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Society for the Humanities (SHC) and Near Eastern Studies (NES) at Cornell University. She is also the co-curator of the podcast series on Women, Gender, and Sex in the Ottoman World at Ottoman History Podcast.


  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Society for the Humanities