The Department of History and the Center for Global Islamic Studies are pleased to welcome Dr. Ugur Pece as a new Assistant Professor with a specialization in Islamic World history. Dr. Pece comes to the department from Harvard University's History and Literature Program, where he has taught for the past academic year. Dr. Pece completed MA degrees in both Turkey and Greece before receiving his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2016.
Dr. Pece's research interests center on the social, intellectual, and environmental history of the broader Middle East. During his visit to Lehigh in February, he discussed the forced migration of Muslims from Crete during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, focusing on local level, cross-cultural intimacies between Crete's Muslim minority and Christian majority. He is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation, entitled Island Bonds: The Civil War in Crete and the Rise of Mass Protest in the Ottoman Empire, 1895-1912.
This fall, Dr. Pece will be teaching HIST 197, an undergraduate course entitled, "The Making of the Modern Middle East," open to all Lehigh sophomores, juniors, and seniors. We are delighted to have Dr. Pece join us and look forward to his work here at Lehigh.