Fatma Öncel

Fatma Oncel is an Istanbul-based historian who specialized in the social and economic history of the Ottoman Empire. After completing her B.A. in Boğaziçi University Political Science and International Relations in 2004, she has earned her M.A. degree with the thesis entitled “Proto-Industrialization in the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Balkan Countryside: Textile Manufacturing in Villages of Plovdiv”, and her Ph.D. degree in 2018 with the dissertation entitled “Agrarian Relations and Estate (Çiftlik) Agriculture in Ottoman Thessaly (c.1780 – 1880)” at the History Department of the same university. Her dissertation addresses the transformation of Ottoman land, labor, and taxation institutions in this period. Her research interests include the Ottoman economic history, Balkan history, legal history, rural communities and relations, and the history of Ottoman music. As the research associate of the Mapping Ottoman Epirus Project, Dr. Öncel focuses on land tenure, taxation, debt and credit relations, agrarian management, and proto-industrialization under Ali Pasha's rule. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis at Stanford University during the 2018-2019 academic year.