Silverman 2

I am a PhD candidate studying Middle Eastern History at UC San Diego.

I’m particularly interested in Turkey. Currently, I am completing a dissertation on the Democrat Party (Turkey’s ruling party during the 1950s). This particular project considers how Democrat leaders, many of whom had been deeply involved in creating the the institutions of the republic, tried to reform some of the state’ more authoritarian institutions, but ultimately returned to their old habits.

More generally, I’m interested in the ways that people, Turkish and otherwise, understand and react to momentous economic and political changes,  those  moments after wars and economic crises when people  have the vision necessary to imagine a better world, and the confidence necessary to attempt to bring such dreams about. In the case of the Democrat Party, the story is a tragedy . . .but such stories need not always be.