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Milena Methodieva

Assistant Professor

Office Location:  Sidney Smith Hall, Room 3115


Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations


Milena Methodieva is a scholar of Ottoman, Balkan, and Turkish history. She received her PhD from Princeton, MA from Bilkent University, Turkey, and BA from the American University in Bulgaria. Her scholarship is concerned with the political, intellectual, and social transformations in the late Ottoman empire, its successors in the Balkans, and modern Turkey. She is particularly interested in exploring history from the perspective of marginalized groups and showing their role and agency in the historical process. Her work often takes on a transnational and transregional approach. Milena Methodieva has a book manuscript titled “Becoming Citizens: Empire, Nation, and Muslim Reform in the Balkans (1878-1908)” (under contract with Stanford University Press) which explores the activities of a movement for cultural reform and political mobilization among the Muslims in post-Ottoman Bulgaria. The work traces the efforts of Bulgaria’s Muslims to reform the community’s institutions in conjunction with their visions of modernity, while they navigated a complex web of interactions involving Bulgaria, the Ottoman empire, and the wider world.

Dr. Methodieva currently works on two research projects. “Migrant Tales (1870s-1920s)” looks at population migrations, the end of the Ottoman imperial order, and the making of modern Turkey. “Exporting the Kemalist Revolution (1920s-30s)” examines the reception and interpretations of Turkey’s Kemalist reforms among Muslim communities in the Balkans. She is a co-founder and co-organizer of UofT’s Seminar in Ottoman and Turkish Studies.


  • “Muslim Culture, Reform and Patriotism: Staging Namık Kemal in post-Ottoman Bulgaria (1878-1908),” in Ebru Boyar and Kate Fleet, Eds., Entertainment Among the Ottomans (Leiden: Brill, 2019), 208-24.
  • “Manastırlı İsmail Hakkı (Ismail Hakki Manastirili),” The Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd ed., (2019).
  • “How Turks and Bulgarians Became Ethnic Brothers: History, Propaganda and Political Alliances on the Eve of the Young Turk Revolution,” Turkish Historical Review 5 (2014), 221-62.


  • PhD, Princeton University
  • MA Bilkent University (Turkey)
  • BA, American University (Bulgaria)
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