Akif Yerlioglu (HMES)
Akif Ercihan Yerlioğlu is a PhD candidate in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. He is interested mainly in the fields of history of medicine and social history of healing practices in the early modern era. In his dissertation project, he is working on the Ottoman medical discourse of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, especially the novel ideas and practices that were categorized as tıbb-ı cedid (“new medicine”). He follows a comprehensive approach analyzing the medical texts of early modern Ottoman scholars and the interactions between the state and physicians in the medical marketplace. His research has previously been supported by Gerda Henkel Stiftung, American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), and Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations. He is currently a Mahindra Humanities Center fellow.