Halit Dundar Akarca holds a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. Currently he is working on his book project entitled “Military occupation and Imperial Formations in Occupied Lands: The Russian Occupation of Ottoman Territories in The First World War”. The book analyzes the roles of local and Russian imperial organizations in the formation of an imperial structure in Eastern Anatolia during World War I. Previously Dr. Akarca taught in Korea and the United States. He is specialized in Turkish-Russian relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Before joining to Nazarbayev University, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and as a teaching fellow at the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at New York University. At Nazarbayev University he teaches History of Kazakhstan and History of Modern Turkey.
Diplomatic History, World War I, Ottoman History, Russian History, History of Modern Turkey, History of Central Asia