PhD Candidate in History and Middle East Studies
Deren studies the nineteenth and twentieth-century Middle East. She entered the History and Middle Eastern Studies program in 2019. She completed her BA at Wesleyan University and got her MA at the New School for Social Research, where she wrote a thesis on the implementation of the Tanzimat in Ottoman Kurdistan. She is broadly interested in the political and intellectual history of Ottoman state-building; historiography and critical history; and the history of social movements.