Deren Ertas (she/her) is a PhD candidate in the History and Middle Eastern Studies joint program, focusing on the economic, social, and environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the twentieth-century Middle East. Her dissertation examines the political economy of infrastructure and underground extraction in the Southeastern Taurus Mountains in the last two centuries of Ottoman rule. Prior to starting her PhD, in 2019, Deren completed her master’s degree at the New School for Social Research. She was a history teacher at Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn, New York, from 2016 to 2018. She received her BA from Wesleyan University in 2016.