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Choon Hwee Koh


Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Email    chkoh@history.ucla.edu
Office  5349 Bunche Hall
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Hello! My name is KOH Choon Hwee (she/her).

I am a historian of the Ottoman empire interested in infrastructure, early modern fiscal administration, economic and social history.

Based on Arabic, Persian, and Ottoman Turkish sources, my current research project, The Sublime Post, examines the land-based, horse-run Ottoman postal system to understand state building, logistics, and power in a vast, multilingual early modern empire (~1600-1839 CE). Stretching from Belgrade to Baghdad, Crimea to Cairo, this sprawling communications infrastructure was fundamental for the everyday operations of empire and even more vital during war.

This project has been funded by the Social Sciences Research Council Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (SSRC IDRF), American Research Institute in Turkey, and Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED). In 2020, I was awarded a fellowship by the Michigan Society of Fellows, which I unfortunately had to decline. I was also awarded the Hans Gatzke Prize for Best Dissertation in a field of European history by the Yale History department.

Degrees

B.A. National University of Singapore (2012)

             Visiting Student Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University (AY2009/10)

             Visiting Student University of Arizona (AY 2010/11)

M.A. American University of Beirut (2014)

Ph.D. Yale University (2020)

             Visiting Student Harvard University (AY 2015/16)

Awards

Michigan Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined)

Hans Gatzke Prize for Best Dissertation in a field of European history (Yale History department)

Grants

Social Sciences Research Council Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (SSRC IDRF)

American Research Institute in Turkey (North American Friends of John Freely Fellowship)

Koç University’s Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (ANAMED) Residential Fellowship