Ariel Salzmann's scholarship on the past bridges world regions and disciplines. She began her graduate studies in Persian language and literature at Ferdowsi University in Mashhad, Iran. She studied sociology at Binghamton University and the New School for Social Research before completing a PhD ...
Ariel Salzmann's scholarship on the past bridges world regions and disciplines. She began her graduate studies in Persian language and literature at Ferdowsi University in Mashhad, Iran. She studied sociology at Binghamton University and the New School for Social Research before completing a PhD in Middle Eastern History at Columbia University in 1995. An article that summarizes the findings of her dissertation, "An Ancien Régime Revisted: Privatization and Political Economy in the 18th century Ottoman Empire," (Politics & Society 1993) won the Ömer Lutfi Barkan Article Prize from the Turkish Studies Association. It remains one of the most influential essays in the field of Ottoman studies and has been cited by sociologists, political scientists and economists interested in aspects of governance and the history of privatisation.
In addition to her 2004 monograph on the political sociology of the later Ottoman Empire, Tocqueville in the Ottoman Empire: Rival Paths to the Modern State, Professor Salzmann has published articles on a wide range of subjects, from a sociological analysis of the integration/exclusion of religious minorities in Medieval Christendom and the Islamic World, to an account of the conversion of a Maltese priest to Islam in seventeenth-century Egypt and an analysis of the consumer craze over tulips in eighteenth-century Istanbul. Her scholarship has been supported by fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities/American Research Institute in Turkey Fellowship (1988, 1999), the American Council of Learned Societies (2000), and Queen's University's A.R.C/ S.A.R.C. (2005, 2011). Her current research project, which seeks to document cultural and diplomatic relations between the popes and Ottoman sultans, was the alternate for the American Academy in Rome's Senior Prize in Renaissance and Early Modern Italian Studies in 2010. She was awarded a Senior Fellowship at the Research Centre for Anatolian Civilisations of Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey for Winter Term 2011.
Before coming to Queen's in 2003, Professor Salzmann taught graduate and undergraduate students at the Pratt Institute, the University of Cincinnati and New York University. At Queen's University she teaches seminars and lectures on Middle Eastern and world history.