Leslie Peirce

Professor of History, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; Silver Professor

Princeton University, PhD 1988

Office Address: 

King Juan Carlos Center, Room 604



Areas of Research/Interest: 

early modern Ottoman history; gender, law & society; biography; slavery; Ottoman empire in the world


Professor Leslie Peirce joins the Department of History and the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in fall 2006. She taught at Cornell University for ten years before moving in 1998 to the University of California, Berkeley, where she was a professor in the Departments of History and Near Eastern Studies.

She received her B.A. in History from Harvard College, her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.

She is recognized for her groundbreaking work on Ottoman society, politics, gender, and law in the pre-modern period and is the author of two books, which have won prizes for best book from the Middle East Studies Association and the Turkish Studies Association: The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire and Morality Tales: Law and Gender in the Ottoman Court of Aintab. Her articles have appeared in numerous journals and edited volumes.

Professor Peirce has served on boards of the Middle East Studies Association, the American Historical Association, and the Turkish Studies Association.


Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations Fellowship 2009/10; Guggenheim Fellowship 2009/10; Professeur Invité, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales 2005; Senior Fellow, Townsend Center for the Humanities, UC Berkeley 2004/5; Institute for Advanced Studies NEH Fellowship 2002/3; Research Fellow, Harvard Divinity School 1995/6; SSRC Fellowship 1992/3; Fulbright Fellowship 1992/3, 1984/5; NEH Translation Grant 1991; American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship 1990; American Philosophical Society Fellowship 1990.

Updated on 04/18/2012