Graduate Student Affiliate of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
Gwendolyn is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in Ottoman art and social history. Previously, she received her M.A. from the University of Chicago in Middle Eastern Studies and her B.A. from Vassar College in Classics and Medieval/Renaissance Studies.
She researches the intersections between popular and material culture in the early modern Ottoman Empire. As of now, she is investigating costume albums made in the bazaars of Istanbul and their translations into the turquerie fashion movement in European states. Previously, she has written on performance and festivity in the Ottoman Empire, particularly on how the green spaces on the waterfront of city became open-air theaters for water spectacles of the early 18th century.