Kaleb Herman Adney is a PhD student in the History Department at the University of California, Los Angeles where he studies modern middle eastern history. He focuses primarily on issues of capitalism and forms of labor including both forced labor and wage labor. Geographically, he looks at sources on Eastern Mediterranean port cities like Salonica, Izmir, Istanbul, and Beirut to determine the manner in which Ottoman subjects-cum-citizens dealt with an expansive global market during and after the Tanzimat period (1839-1878). His work touches on issues of working peoples, governance, and subterfuge. Before the History PhD program, he obtained an MA in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA with an emphasis on Classical Arabic and Ottoman Turkish and two BA degrees, one in Arabic and one in History. Kaleb Herman has spent much time in the Balkans and throughout the Middle East and spent the summer of 2016 studying advanced modern Turkish at Boğaziçi University's Turkish Language and Culture program in Istanbul, Turkey and modern Greek at Aristotle University's Summer Intensive Course in Modern Greek Language in Thessaloniki, Greece.
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