Sabri Ates


  Ph.D. Thesis

  1. “Empires at the Margins: Towards a History of the Ottoman-Iranian Borderland and the Borderland Peoples,” New York University, MEIS-History, 2006


  1. Forthcoming: The Sheikh Ubeidullah Rebellion” Book manuscript in preparation. 

  2. “General Introduction” with Djene R. Bajalan to Records of the Kurds: Territory, Revolts and Nationalism, 1831-1979, (multivolume), Cambridge Archive Editions.

  3. Article: Sectarianism in Ottoman-Iranian Relations


  1. The Ottoman-Iranian Borderlands: Making a Boundary, 1843-1914  (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013).

  2. Tunalı Hilmi Bey: Osmanlıdan Cumhuriyete Bir Aydın (Tunalı Hilmi Bey: An Intellectual Journey  From the Empire to the Republic), Istanbul: Tarih Vakfı Yurt Yayınları, 2009.



  1. “In the name of the caliph and the nation: The Sheikh Ubeidullah Rebellion of 1880-81” in Iranian Studies,  (2014), Vol. 47, No. 5, 735-798.

  1. Millet ve Halife Yolunda: Şeyh Ubeydullah-e Nehri Isyanı, I, II, III, Kürt Tarih Dergisi, Numbers. 7, 8, 9, 2013.

  1. “Bones of Contention: Corpse Traffic and Iranian-Ottoman Rivalry in Iraq,” Comparative Studies of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 30,  3,( 2010): 512-532. [Persian translation by Nazli Kamvari,  in Irannameh 26, no. 1-2, pp. 1-30.]

  1. "Oryantalizm ve Bizim Doğu" (Orientalism and Our East), Doğudan, Vol. 1, Issue 1, September 2007. (for access please go to the Blog section of this webpage)

  1. “The Ottoman Archives as a Source for the Study of Qajar Iran,” Iranian Studies, Volume 37, number 3, September 2004, pp. 499-509. [Persian translation by Nasrollah Salehi, in Faslnameh-e Tarikh-e Moaser-e Iran (Iranian Contemporary Historical Studies), no. 35/pp. 79-96]

Grants and Awards

  1. 2014, Godbey Authors’ Award, SMU

  2. 2013, Deans Research Council Grant, Dedman College, SMU

  3. 2012, Fellow, Texas Project for Human Rights Education

  4. 2009-2010, Koç University, RCAC Senior Residential Fellowship

  5. 2009-2010, University Research Council Grant, SMU

  6. 2009-2010, ARIT, Juokowsky Family Foundation John Freely Fellowship

  7. 2006, Middle East Studies Association, Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in Humanities

  8. 2006, HOPE Teaching Award, SMU

  9. 2002-2003, Deans Pre-Dissertation and Pre-Doctoral Fellowships, New York University

  10. 2001, ARIT, Dissertation Fellowship

  11. 2000, Skilleter Centre for Ottoman Studies Fellowship, Cambridge University

Background Map:

  1. An Ottoman map of the Ottoman-Iranian frontier, based on the frontier commissioner Dervish Pasha’s notes.


  Educational Background

  1. Ph.D. New York University 

  2. M.A. University of Ankara

  3. B.A. Middle East Technical University, Ankara

associate professor 

Department of History
Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas


Ottoman-Iranian relations
late ottoman empire 
Kurdish history
Sectarianism in the middle east


Phone  +1-214-768 2968mailto:sates@smu.edushapeimage_1_link_0