Dr. Henry Shapiro

Areas of specialization:

Early Modern Ottoman Empire, Early Modern Armenian History, Muslim-Christian Relations

Areas of competence:

Early Modern Islamic World, Ottoman Empire, Safavid Iran, Modern Turkey


Henry Shapiro specializes in the history of the early modern Islamic World, focusing on the Ottoman Empire. He completed his PhD in 2018 at Princeton University, with a dissertation entitled “The Great Armenian Flight:  The Celali Revolts and the Rise of Western Armenian Society.”  Previously he had earned degrees from Brown University (BA in Classics, 2005), Harvard University (Master of Divinity, 2008), and Sabancı University in Istanbul, Turkey (MA in History, 2011).  In 2017, Shapiro was awarded the Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship, the Princeton Graduate School’s top honor.

Shapiro conducts research based on Ottoman Turkish, Persian, Arabic, Armenian, and Greek primary sources, and he has written articles in English, Turkish, and Armenian. His most recent publications include, “The Great Armenian Flight:  Migration and Cultural Change in the Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Empire,” Journal of Early Modern History 23 (2019):  67-89.