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Reuben Silverman

About me

I am a Researcher at the Institute for Turkish Studies (SUITS), located in the Department of Economic History and International Relations. My work focuses on the political and economic history of Turkey during the 1950s, as the country became integrated into American-led security and economic institutions. I aim to understand how this process of integration affected the process of democratization during these years. In addition, I am attentive to current developments in Turkey as well. My writings can be found at on my personal website. I have published in online magazines intended for academics (Jadaliyya), policymakers (Turkey Analyst), and the general public (Foreign Policy). I earned a PhD in Middle Eastern history from Univeristy of California, San Diego (2014-2022) and an MA in International Relations from the University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies (2010-2012).


Recent Publications:

“Show (and Tell) Trials: Competing Narratives of Turkey’s Democrat Party Era” Turkish Studies 23, no. 1 (2022): 147-167

Borderline Personalities: Lives at the Political, Social, and Geographic Edges of Modern Turkey (Istanbul: Libra Press, 2021)

A selection from Stockholm University publication database

  • Süreyya Ağaoğlu and the emerging liberal order in early Cold War Turkey

    2023. Reuben Silverman. Middle Eastern Studies, 1-16


    This article discusses the life, career, and associations of Süreyya Ağaoğlu, Turkey’s first female lawyer, in the years leading up to Turkey’s watershed 1950 election, in order to understand Turkey’s liberal opposition. Considering her writings and experiences reveals not only the contested nature of liberalism in this period but also ways in which postwar liberalism was intertwined with the networks undergirding the emerging American-led Cold War order. Not only did she interact in her professional life with champions of liberalism from around the world, but she was also connected through her family to important figures in Turkey’s own liberal tradition. Her experience as both a product of the ‘Kemalist’ state-building project and a critic of its excesses helps us think about the nature of political opposition during Turkey’s late 1940s democratization.

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