Didem Z Havlioglu

Didem Z Havlioglu

Instructor* of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

My research focuses on gender and sexuality in the early modern Ottoman culture production. I am particularly interested in women poets and writers and their ways of appropriating the traditional discourse. I have written both in Turkish in English about Ottoman women writers from early modern to Modern periods. My book project, titled “Mihri Hatun: Performance, Gender-bending and Subversion,” is a study of the first Ottoman woman poet who managed to collect her poetry and achieved an unprecedented success in literary circles of her time. Through her writing I try to understand the gender structure of Ottoman intellectual history.


Modern/Ottoman Language and Literature, Islamic Aesthetics, Women and Gender in the Middle East, Women Writers in the Intellectual History of the Middle East.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Washington 2008