Boğaç A. Ergene received his Ph.D. degree from the Ohio State University in 2001. He is a Professor of History at the University of Vermont. Ergene is the author of Local Court, Provincial Society and Justice in the Ottoman Empire: Legal Practice and Dispute Resolution in Çankırı and Kastamonu (1652-1744) (Boston and Leiden: Brill, 2003) and editor of Judicial Practice: Institutions and Agents in the Islamic World (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2009). In addition, he published articles in major history, law, and economic history journals, including International Journal of Middle East Studies, Journal of Economic History, Economic History Review, Journal of Family History, Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Law and Social Inquiry, Islamic Law and Society, and Continuity and Change. He is the co-editor of the Ottoman Empire and Its Heritage, a Brill Publishers book-series on Ottoman and Turkish History. Ergene’s research has received support in the past from many institutions, including the American Council of Learned Societies, Social Sciences Research Council, and American Research Institute in Turkey. At UVM, his teaching and research accomplishments were recognized by the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Lecture Award. Ergene has recently completed a long-term research project on “Law and Economics” in the Ottoman Empire.

In the Spring Semester of 2014, Ergene was the Aga Khan Distinguished Professor in Islamic Humanities at Brown University.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Islam and world, social theory and cultural studies


  • Ph.D., Ohio State, 2001


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