Pantheon of Heroes, Kazan 1912Sudak, CrimeaInterior of Blue Mosque, IstanbulSunset over the Black Sea, Sevastopol 2006Tatar Dancer, outside KazanSergiev Posad, RussiaOrtakoy, Istanbul


James H. Meyer

I am an associate professor of Islamic world history at Montana State University, located in the gorgeous ski town of Bozeman, MT. I generally teach two classes per semester, focusing mainly on the Balkans, Turkey & the Middle East, and post-Soviet space.

My connection to the Turkic World goes back more than two decades, beginning with the years 1992-1999 when I was employed as an English teacher in Istanbul. I then returned to the US to begin graduate school, completing an MA in Near Eastern Studies (2001) at Princeton University and a PhD in Middle Eastern and Russian History (2007) at Brown.

My research examines a variety of issues relating to Russian-Turkic interactions. My book, Turks Across Empires: Marketing Muslim Identity in the Russian-Ottoman Borderlands (Oxford University Press, 2014) tells the story of the "pan-Turkists," Muslim activists from Russia who would go on to find fame in Young Turk-era Istanbul.

Altogether I have spent approximately four years of my life researching in the archives and libraries of Istanbul and the former Soviet Union. Research trips to Turkey, Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Ukraine have been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Social Science Research Council, the American Research Institute in Turkey, and numerous other organizations.