Carlos Grenier recently earned his doctorate in History at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on religion and politics in the late medieval and early modern Islamic worlds. His dissertation, "The Yazıcıoğlus and the Spiritual Vernacular of the Early Ottoman Frontier", studies the formation of popular forms of Islam along the fifteenth-century Ottoman borderlands of the Balkans and Mediterranean. He is preparing future projects on Sufism and statecraft, and on sacred-historical narratives in the fifteenth and sixteenth-century Islamic lands.
Areas of ExpertiseIslam and other Abrahamic religions, and participates in the activities of the Muslim World Studies Center.
Degrees2017 Ph.D., History, University of Chicago, granted June 10, 2017
Dissertation: “The Yazıcıoğlus and the Spiritual Vernacular of the Early Ottoman
Frontier,” defended February 24, 2017
Committee: Cornell H. Fleischer (Chair), John E. Woods, Hakan Karateke
2011 M.A., History, University of Chicago
2009 M.A., Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley
2005 B.A., Biological Sciences (honors), University of Chicago