The Institute of Turkish Studies

Associate Members

The Institute of Turkish Studies has a group of Associate Members selected by the Board of Governors from among scholars in the field of Turkish studies in American higher education. Associate Members of the Institute serve on its standing committees and provide guidance for the annual grant program.


Adnan Akant

Fischer, Francis, Trees and Watts, Inc.

Adnan Akant is Chief Investment Officer for Currencies at FFTW, an institutional global bond management firm with over $50 billion in assets. Prior to joining FFTW in 1984, Akant spent six years managing the World Bank's liquidity portfolio and advising the Treasurer on the Bank's multi-currency borrowing program.

Akant holds Ph.D., SB, SM and Engineering Degrees from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science (1972-1977). He also holds an SM in finance from the MIT Sloan School (1978). Adnan Akant is Co-Head of the New York Federal Reserve Bank's FX Committee for the Buy-Side Group. He is also a member of the New York Academy of Science and Sigma Xi.

Prof. David Cuthell

Columbia University

David Cuthell was the Executive Director of The Institute of Turkish Studies and a visiting Professor at Georgetown University between 2005 and 2011. He is currently a visiting professor at Columbia University. Cuthell previously directed the Turkish, Middle East and Central Asian Studies at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. Prof.Cuthell has a Ph.D. in history from Columbia as well as an earlier MA in Political Economy and an MBA in International Finance. Prior to returning to Columbia University in 1998 for his doctorate, Prof. Cuthell worked in the capital markets for twenty years in New York and London for Citibank and Morgan Stanley and later was a Managing Director of fixed income trading at Mabon Securities. His research interests include the social and demographic transformation of the 19th century Ottoman Empire as well as the impact of technology on Ottoman and modern Turkish society. He contributed to The Creation of Iraq: 1914-1922 (Columbia Press 2004).

Prof. Walter Denny

University of Massachusetts

Walter B. Denny joined the faculty of the UM/A Art History Program in 1970. His primary field of teaching and research is the art and architecture of the Islamic world, in particular the artistic traditions of the Ottoman Turks, Islamic carpets and textiles, Islamic imagery in European art, and issues of economics and patronage in Islamic art. His recent publications include the books Gardens of Paradise: Ottoman Turkish Tiles of the 15th-17th Centuries (İstanbul, 1998); Masterpieces of Anatolian Carpets from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, İstanbul (Bern, 2001); Ipek: Imperial Ottoman Silks and Velvets (London, 2002); and The Classical Tradition in Anatolian Carpets (Washington D.C., 2002). Iznik: La Céramique Turque et l'art Ottoman appeared in 2004 in Paris (Editions Citadelles et Mazenod), followed by English (Thames & Hudson) and German (Hirmer) versions in 2005.

Denny has served as a Trustee of The Textile Museum (Washington) and was for three decades Honorary Curator of Carpets and Textiles at the Harvard University Art Museums in Cambridge. In addition to his ITS board membership, Denny serves as Charles Grant Ellis Research Fellow in Oriental Carpets at The Textile Museum. He is active as a lecturer and as a consultant to museums and other institutions in the United States and abroad. He is married to Alice Robbins, a professional musician (Baroque cello and viola da gamba) who is also an instructor in the Five College Early Music Program, and is the father of Matthew, born in 1988. Denny performs as a tenor soloist and chorister with various ensembles, including Da Camera Singers and Arcadia Players, and serves on the Board of Directors of Arcadia Players.

Prof. Kemal Derviş

Brookings Institution

Kemal Derviş is vice president and director of Global Economy and Development at the Brookings Institution and focuses on global economics, emerging markets, development and international institutions. Kemal Derviş was the head of the United Nations Development Program, the UN's global development network, from August 2005 to February 28, 2009. He was also the Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programs and departments working on development issues at the country level. From March 2001 to August 2002, Kemal Derviş was Minister for Economic Affairs and the Treasury, without party affiliation, of the Republic of Turkey. He was responsible for Turkey's recovery program after the devastating financial crisis that hit the country in February 2001. In August of 2002, after the crisis was overcome, he resigned from his Ministerial post, joined the Republican People's Party and was elected to Parliament in November of the same year. Kemal Derviş has published many articles in academic journals as well as current affairs publications on topics ranging from mathematical models of growth and social mobility and quantitative models of trade, to European enlargement and transatlantic relations (in English, Turkish, French and German - he is fluent in all four languages). A book entitled General Equilibrium Models for Development Policy, which he co-authored, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1982 and became a widely used textbook in development economics in the 1980s. In cooperation with the Center for Global Development, he has published a new book entitled A Better Globalization (Brookings Press, March 2005) which deals with global development issues and international institutional reform.

Prof. Halil İnalcık

Bilkent University

He was born in İstanbul to a Crimean Tatar family, which left Crimea for Constantinople in 1905. His birthday is unknown but İnalcık chose May 26, 1916 for his birthday. He attended Balıkesir Teacher Training School and then Ankara University, Faculty of Language, History and Geography, Department of History and graduated in 1940. He completed his Ph.D. in 1943 in the same department. His Ph.D. thesis was on the Bulgarian question in the late Ottoman Empire. He entered the same school as an assistant, then he became assistant professor in 1946 and after his return from lecturing in the University of London for a while, he became a professor in the same department in 1952. He lectured in various universities in the United States as a guest professor. In 1972, he was invited by the University of Chicago. Between 1972-1993 he taught Ottoman history at the University of Chicago. In 1994, he returned to Turkey and founded history department at Bilkent University where he is still teaching. He was a member and president of many international foundations. He is a member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Department of Historical Sciences. He is also a board member of the Institute of Turkish Studies.

Prof. Carol Lancaster

Georgetown University

Carol Lancaster has been the Dean of the School of Foreign Service since April 2010 after serving as Interim Dean beginning in 2009. Lancaster has published numerous books and articles on the politics of foreign aid, the politics of development, and development in Africa including Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, Domestic Politics (University of Chicago Press). Her most recent book is George Bush's Foreign Aid: Transformation or Chaos?, published by the Center for Global Development, Washington, D.C., 2008. She is a professor of politics and was previously the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development and a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa. In addition to her membership of the ITS board of governors, Dean Lancaster also serves on the board of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Vital Voices and the Society for International Development and is a trustee of the American University of Afghanistan and Nyumbani. She is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development and currently co-editing a book on the politics of development.

Prof. Heath Lowry

Princeton University

Since 1993 Heath W. Lowry has been the Atatürk Professor of Ottoman & Modern Turkish Studies at Princeton University. Prior to that time he was a founding member of the History Department at the Bosphorus University in İstanbul, Turkey (1973-1980), and a Senior Research Associate at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection in Washington, D.C. (1980-1983). Between 1983 and 1993 he established and directed the Institute of Turkish Studies in Washington, D.C. Currently, together with his position at Princeton University, he serves as an Advisor to the Bahçeşehir University Board of Trustees in İstanbul, Turkey.

Prof. Justin A. McCarthy

University of Louisville

Justin A. McCarthy, who holds the appointment of Distinguished University Scholar, arrived at University of Louisville in 1978 immediately after receiving his Ph.D. from U.C.L.A. He is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar of the Ottoman Empire, modern Turkey and the Middle East. He has published eleven books, most recently The Armenian Rebellion at Van (2006). In 1996 University of Louisville recognized him with the Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity.

Prof. Jenny White

Boston University

Jenny White is a writer and a social anthropologist. Her first novel, The Sultan's Seal, was published in 2006. It was translated into fourteen languages and is available as a paperback and audiobook. Booklist has named it one of the top ten first novels of 2006 and one of the top ten historical novels of 2006. It was shortlisted for the 2006 Ellis Peters Historical Crime Award. The sequel, The Abyssinian Proof, was published in February 2008 (W.W. Norton) and a third Kamil Pasha novel, The Winter Thief, in 2010.

Jenny White was born in southern Germany and emigrated with her mother to the United States at the age of seven. She studied at Lehman College in the Bronx, part of the City University of New York and later received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. Jenny White now teaches social anthropology at Boston University as a tenured associate professor. She has published two scholarly books on contemporary Turkey. Money Makes Us Relatives, a description of women's labor in urban Turkey in the 1980s, was published in 1994. Islamist Mobilization in Turkey was published in 2002. It explains the rise of Islamic politics in Turkey in the 1990s and won the 2003 Douglass Prize for best book in Europeanist anthropology. Jenny White lives in the Boston area.


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