Faculty and Staff


Sabri Ates

Associate Professor
Modern Middle East

Dallas Hall Room 65


Educational Background 

Ph.D. New York University
BA Middle East Technical University

Ph.D. Thesis

“Empires at the Margins: Towards a History of the Ottoman-Iranian Borderland and the Borderland Peoples,” New York University, MEIS-History, 2006.

Awards and Services

  • 2012 Fellow for the Texas Project for Human Rights Education 
  • Koc University, RCAC Senior Residential Fellowship, 2009-2010 
  • ARIT, Juokowsky Family Foundation John Freely Fellowship, 2009-10 
  • University Research Council Grant, 2009-2010 
  • Middle East Studies Association, Malcolm H. Keer Dissertation Award, 2006 
  • HOPE Teaching Award, SMU, 2006 
  • SCOS Fellowship, Cambridge University, England, 2000 
  • Dean's Pre-Dissertation Fellowship, New York University 
  • Dissertation Fellowship, ARIT (American Research Institute in Turkey) 

Books and Essays

  • The Sheikh Ubeidullah Rebellion. Book manuscript in preparation. 
  • “In the name of the Caliph and the Nation: The Sheikh Ubeidullah Rebellion of 1880-81” in Iranian Studies,  (2014), Vol. 47, No. 5, 735-798.
  • Ottoman-Iranian Borderlands: Making a Boundary, 1843-1914, 2013, Cambridge University Press. 
  • Tunalı Hilmi Bey: Osmanlıdan Cumhuriyete Bir Aydın (Tunalı Hilmi Bey: An Intellectual Journey From the Empire to the Republic), Istanbul: Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları, 2009. 
  • "Bones of Contention: Corpse Traffic and Iranian-Ottoman Rivalry in Iraq," Comparative Studies of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 30, 3 (2010): 512-532 (Persian translation by Nazli Kamvari, in Irannameh 26, no. 1-2, pp. 1-30). 
  • "Oryantalizm ve Bizim Doğu" (Orientalism and Our East), Doğudan, Vol. 1, Issue 1, September 2007. 
  • "The Ottoman Archives as a source for the Study of Qajar Iran," Iranian Studies, Volume 37, number 3, September 2004, pp. 499-509. (Persian translation by Nasrollah Salehi in Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies (Fasinameh-e Tarikh-e Moaser-e Iran), No. 35/pp.79-96. 

Last updated 08/14