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Karen Barkey

Professor of Sociology
School: 
School of the Arts
Department: 
Sociology Department
Office: 
601C Knox Hall
Email: 
kb7@columbia.edu
Phone: 
212-854-3692
Appointments
  • Director of undergraduate studies in the department of Sociology
  • Co-Director of the institute of religion
Biography

Karen Barkey has been engaged in the comparative and historical study of states, empires and
state‐society relations. Her main empirical site has been the Ottoman Empire, in comparison
with France, the Habsburg, and the Russian Empires. She also pays attention to the Roman and Byzantine worlds as important predecessors of the Ottomans. Karen Barkey is working on
different projects on religion and toleration. She has written on the early centuries of Ottoman
state toleration and is now exploring different ways of understanding how religious
coexistence, toleration and sharing occurred in different historical sites under Ottoman rule.

Research & Other Works