“From Empire to Nations: The Origins of the Modern Middle East,” The University of Washington Alumni Association Lecture Series, January 22, 2013.
“The Changing Middle East” Three-part lecture series at Temple Beth Am, March 14, 28, April 4, 2012.
“From Moveable Empire to Immovable State: Ottoman Policies Toward Nomads and Refugees in the Modern Era. School of Oriental and African Studies, London, Feb 24, 2011.
“New Directions in Turkey’s Foreign Policy,” Edmonds Community College, June 8, 2010 “From Mobility to Stasis: Nomads, Migrants, and Refugees in the Ottoman Empire and Turkey,” Princeton University, May 21, 2010.
“A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Nomads, Migrants, and Refugees,” Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University, Evanston, November 12, 2009.
“Countering Myths, Searching Knowledge: How to Study Middle East and Islam in the 21st Century,” Keynote address, Second Annual California State University Middle east and Islamic Studies Conference, San Francisco, October 16, 2009.
“Empire to Nation,” Invited Presentation, University of South Carolina, October 26, 2007.
“Middle East in Sociology and Sociology in the Middle East,” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Boston, November 18-21, 2006.
“Freedom of Speech or Religious Insensitivity” Panel Discussion, Marshall Memorial Fellows Conference, Seattle, July 22, 2006
“Global Politics and the Future of the Middle East,” Abant Platformu, Abant, Turkey, July 14, 2006,
“Withdrawal from Iraq: Where We’ve Been and Where We Are Going,” Jackson School Alumni Association, University of Washington, April 29, 2006
“Iran, Middle East, and the United States,” Sunset Club, Seattle, April 24, 2006
“West By Way of East: The Strange History of Turkey’s Relationship With Europe,” Turkey and Europe: Turkish Studies Symposium, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, March 8, 2006
“Globalization and Islam,” Round Table Discussion on Globalization and Religion, University of Washington Alumni Association, University of Washington November 1, 2005
“From Empire to Nation in the Ottoman Empire,” Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, March 21, 2005. Discussant on Panel on Official Turkish Ideology World Congress of Middle East Studies, Mainz, Germany, Sep 8-13, 2002.
“Is This a Clash of Civilizations?” presented at the Day of Reflection and Engagement, University of Washington, October 11, 2001. Lecture on the causes and consequences of September 11, presented at The Sunset Club, Seattle, October 18, 2001; Lakeside School, Seattle, November 12, 2001; Washington State Attorney General’s Office, November 29, 2001; Town Hall Forum, Seattle, Dec. 4, 2001.
“Ethnic Conflict in the Modern World,” presented at the University of Washington Visiting Day Panel on
“Challenges of a Changed World: The Roles and Responsibilities of the University of Washington,” November 9, 2001.
“Do They Really Hate Us?” Jackson School of International Studies Open Classroom Series on September 11 2001: Context and Consequences, Seattle, October 25, 2001
“Greek and Turkish Nationalism in Formation: Western Anatolia, 1919-1922,” Workshop on Ethnic Breakup of the Ottoman Empire, Second Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, March 21-25, 2001.
“The Clash of Nationalisms: Greeks and Turks in Western Anatolia, 1919-1922,” Transformation of Europe Lecture Series, The Institute of European Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C., February 8, 2001.
“Greek and Turkish Nationalism in Formation: Western Anatolia, 1919-1922,” Conference on Evolving Identities in the Middle East: Armenians, Turks, Kurds and Arabs, University of Chicago, May 5, 2000.
"State and Migration in the Ottoman Empire," Georgetown University, School of Foreign Service, April 23, 1999.
"States, Nomads and Refugees in the Ottoman Empire, 19th Century," The Münir Ertegün Foundation, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, April 15, 1999.
"State and Migration in the Borderlands: Ottoman Empire and the Arab provinces in the Nineteenth Century" Harvard University, Middle East Center, April 6, 1999.
"An Independent Greek or Greek Independence? Ottoman Society in the Late Eighteenth Century," American Historical Association, Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 7-9, 1999.
"Why Modernization Still Matters: Reassessing a Literature in Light of Turkey's Experience in the Republican Period," International Conference on the History of the Republic of Turkey, Ankara, December 10-12, 1998.
"An Independent Greek or Greek Independence? Ottoman Society in the Late Eighteenth Century," Middle East Studies Association, Annual Meeting, Chicago, December 4-6, 1998.
"Rethinking Modernity in Turkey," Middle East Center, University of Utah, October 30, 1998.
"Translating Culture: Not Word for Word," Northwest Book Fest, Seattle, October 25, 1998.
"Fin de siècle Izmir," Workshop on European Modernity and Cultural Difference from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean, hosted by the Social Science Research Council, Maison des sciences l'homme, Tufts University, Aix-en-Provence, September 25-27, 1998.
"Why Does the Kurdish Conflict Continue?" Conference on Ethno-Political Warfare: Causes and Solutions, Derry, Northern Ireland, June 29-July 3, 1998.
"A Port City and Its Discontents," Workshop on Urban Social History in the Middle East and South Asia, University of Utah, June 15-18, 1997.
"Empire States and People: Defining the Ottomans and Their Successors," 12th Symposium of the Comité International des Études Pré-Ottomanes et Ottomanes, Prague, Czech Republic, September 9-13, 1996.
“Islamist Groups in Turkey,” Invited lecture at University of California, San Diego, January 23, 1996.
"Cohabitation? Islamist and Secularist Groups in Modern Turkey," Working Group Seminar on Civil Society and Civic Values, Institute for the Study of Economic Culture, Boston University, April, 29-30, 1995, October 28-29, 1995.
"Modern Turkey at the Crossroads," Emile Bustani Lectures on Modern Middle East, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 15, 1994.
"Constructs of Old and New: Modernization Theories and Turkish Experience," Conference on "Rethinking the Project of Modernity in Turkey," Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, March 10-13, 1994.
"State and Migration: A Comparison Between the Empire and the Republic," First International Congress on Economic and Social History, Sponsored by the Economic and Social History Foundation, Ankara, Turkey, May 24-26, 1993.
"The Restructuring of the World Agriculture, 1873-1990," co-authored with Faruk Tabak, Conference on "Food and Agricultural Systems in the World-Economy," Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, April 15-17, 1993.
"Travelling Problem," Workshop on "Bridging the Divide: Comparing North/South Models of State and Society," Sponsored by the Joint Committee on the Middle East of the Social Science Research Council, Lyon, France, March 21-23, 1993.
"Fluid Borders of the Ottoman Empire," Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Washington, D.C., December 27-30, 1992.
"Migrants, Refugees and Smugglers: The Impact of Borders on Border Crossers," Annual Meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association, Portland, October 28-31, 1992.
"Populism and Democracy in Turkey, 1946-1961," Conference on Democratic Movements and Representative Governments in the Middle East, University of Washington, April 11-13, 1992.
"World-Systems Analysis," Invited Lecture, Comparative and World History in British Columbia: A Teaching and Planning Workshop, Sponsored by the World History Caucus of the University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada, March 28, 1992.
Authority and Autonomy: State and Migration in Western Anatolia in the Nineteenth Century," Annual Meeting of the Middle Eastern Studies Association, Washington, D.C., November 23-26, 1991.
"The State is for Stasis but Masses Must Move!" Joint Meeting of the State Society Workshop and the Social Science Research Council on "Bridging the Divide: Comparing North/South Models of State and Society," University of Washington, October 19-20, 1991.
"Treaties and Friendships: British Imperialism, the Ottoman Empire and China in the Nineteenth Century," Ninth Symposium of Comité International des Études Pré-Ottomanes et Ottomanes, Jerusalem, Israel, July 23-26, 1990.
"A Time and a Space for the Non-State: Social Change in the Ottoman Empire during the Nineteenth Century," Invited Lecture at the University of Texas at Austin, February 8, 1990.
"Economic Foundations of a Civil Society in the Ottoman Empire," Conference on the Greek Community and Politics in the Ottoman Empire, Princeton University, March 31 - April 1, 1989.
"Civil Society in the Ottoman Empire," Invited Lecture at the University of California at Los Angeles, May 18, 1989
"Open Door Treaties: China and the Ottoman Empire Compared," Conference on the Impact of the 1838 Anglo-Turkish Commercial Convention: Anatolia and Egypt Compared, SUNY Binghamton, October 7-8, 1988.
"Port City of Izmir in the Nineteenth Century," Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Baltimore, November, 1987.
"The Ottoman Empire in the World-Systems Perspective," Workshop on Turkic Societies of Soviet Central Asia and the Middle East, University of Texas at Austin, September 25-26, 1987.
"Economy and Society in Western Anatolia During the Mid-Victorian Boom," Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Chicago, December 28-30, 1986.
"Methodological Problems in the Study of Social Change in the Ottoman Empire," Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Boston, November 19-23, 1986.
"Migrant Labor in Commercial Agriculture in Western Anatolia," Conference on Large Scale Commercial Agriculture in the Ottoman Empire, SUNY Binghamton, October 24-25, 1986.
"Up the Down Staircase, British Policy in the Middle East During the Nineteenth Century," Annual Conference on the Political Economy of the World-Systems, San Francisco State University, March 19-20, 1986.
"Commercial Bank of Smyrna," Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, New Orleans, November 22-25, 1985.
"Was There a Compradore Bourgeoisie in the Mid-Nineteenth Century Western Anatolia?" Conference on the Ottoman Empire and World Capitalism, State University of New York at Binghamton, November 9-10, 1984.
"Ottoman Court Records as a Source for Late Ottoman Social History," Third International Congress on the Economic and Social History of Turkey, Princeton University, August 24-26, 1983.
"The Incorporation of the Ottoman Empire into the World-Economy," International Conference on Turkish Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison May 25-27, 1979. (Co-authored with Immanuel Wallerstein and Hale Decdeli).