Assoc. Prof. Emrah Safa Gürkan (Istanbul 29 Mayıs University) is a historian of the early modern Mediterranean, focusing on the Ottoman Empire. His research interests include espionage, piracy, conversion, vernacular diplomacy, slavery, frontiers, political factions and power-brokering.
He completed his Ph.D. in 2012 at Georgetown University with a dissertation entitled “Espionage in the 16th century Mediterranean: Secret Diplomacy, Mediterranean go-betweens and the Ottoman-Habsburg Rivalry”. In addition to a number of articles in English, Turkish, Italian, Spanish and German, He wrote two monographs: Sultanın Casusları: 16. Yüzyılda İstihbarat, Sabotaj ve Rüşvet Ağları (Tongues for the Sultan: Intelligence, Sabotage and Bribery in the 16th century) and Sultanın Korsanları: Osmanlı Akdenizi’nde Gazâ, Yağma ve Esaret, 1500 – 1700 (Pirates for the Sultan: Holy War, Booty and Slavery in the Ottoman Mediterranean, 1500 – 1700). While the first of these received the Scientific Monograph Award by Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA), Gürkan himself was given two more awards in 2018: The Outstanding Young Scientist Award by Turkish Academy of Sciences and the Promising Scientist Award at 14th Kadir Has Awards.