Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Ariel Salzmann

Associate Professor, Department of History
Cross Appointed to Global Development

Ph.D. History, Columbia University, 1995
M. A. Binghamton University, 1983
B. A. University of Massachusetts (Amherst), 1978

Phone:  613-533-6000 ext 74350
Fax: 613-533-6298

Department of History
Watson Hall 10
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Research Interests

My intellectual interests span disciplines, world regions, past and present.  As an undergraduate I studied cultural anthropology, literature and languages. But a year of study abroad in Iran and Afghanistan following the B.A. proved transformative.

It led me to complete a Ph.D. on state-society relations in the historic Middle East.  An article which traces the roots of neoliberalism, "An Ancien Régime Revisted: Privatization and Political Economy in the 18th Century Ottoman Empire," (Politics & Society 1993) won the Turkish Studies Association’s Ömer Lutfi Barkan Article Prize and remains one of the most widely cited articles in the field.

Theories of state formation as well as histories of Mediterranean societies and the making of global capitalism are some of the topics addressed by recent research. A new book-length project, a historical sociology of ethno-religious exclusion before the nation-state, is under contract.

Currently, I teach undergraduate courses on consumerism (HIST 241) and on the historiography of Ottoman Empire (HIST 337) as well as a graduate seminar on the origins of modern capitalism (HIST 808). In 2016-17, Prof. Adnan Husain (History, Cultural Studies) and I are co-teaching a new lecture, “Islamophobia: From the Crusaders to Donald J. Trump.”  With DEVS students in mind, I have begun to plan new lectures, including a course dedicated to understanding the geopolitical causes and the long-term sociological and environmental consequences of organized violence in the modern Middle East..

Selected Publications

2015 Lecture. ”Why Economic History Matters: Credit, Alterity and Intermediation in the Pre-Modern Mediterranean.” Mediterranean Crossings Workshop, Yale University.

2013 Article. “Migrants in Chains: On the Enslavement of Muslims in Renaissance and Enlightenment Europe.”(Special Issue: Islam, Immigration, and Identity) Religions

2011 Book. Osmanlı Ancien Régime’i: Modern Devlet Yeniden Düşünmek. (Istanbul: Iletişm Yayinevi) (revised, translation of Tocqueville in the Ottoman Empire [Brill, 2004])

2011 Chapter. "Cosmopolis, Islampolis: Ottoman Urbanity between Myth, Memory and Post-Modernity." in Cosmopolitanisms in Muslim Contexts, ed. Derryl N. MacLean (University of Edinburgh Press)

2010 Article. "Is there a Moral Economy of State Formation?  Religious Minorities and Repertoires of Regime Integration in the Middle East and Western Europe, 600-1614." Theory & Society

2007 Chapter. "A Travelogue Manqué? The Accidental Itinerary of a Maltese Priest in the Seventeenth-Century Mediterranean." A Faithful Sea, The Religious Culture of the Mediterranean, 1200-1700 ed. Adnan A. Husain and K. E. Fleming (One World).

2000 Chapter. "The Age of Tulips: Confluence and Conflict in Early Modern Consumer Culture (1500-1730)." in Consumption Studies and the History of the Ottoman Empire ed. Donald Quataert (State University of New York Press).