How does an American from central Iowa suddenly find himself studying the Ottoman Empire in the former capital of the Hungarian dynasty, and then the junior partner of the Austro-Hungarian Empire? The answer is as complicated as the history he studies, but not nearly as fascinating. 

My general historical interests are in late Ottoman intellectual history, cultural history, and religious history. Specifically I am interested in Muslim-Christian relations, religious conversion, foreign missionary activity, religious freedoms after the 1839 Gulhane Edict and 1856 Hatt-i Humayun, and the intersection of sectarianism and discourses of tolerance.   

At the moment I am finishing the first year of my PhD program at Central European University. My near-term future plans include continuing language study of Ottoman Turkish and Arabic, beginning study of Armenian, academic conferences, and countless hours in the archives.

You can email me at rank_scott@ceu-budapest.edu