Prof Marc David Baer

Prof Marc David Baer


Marc David Baer is an American and British historian specialising in Ottoman history. He conducts research utilising Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Modern Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, and Persian sources. He has lived extensively in Turkey.

His book, The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars, and Caliphs was published by Basic Books in 2021.

Since 2013 Professor Baer has been Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He completed his PhD in History at the University of Chicago in 2001. He previously taught at Tulane University and the University of California, Irvine.

He is also the author of Honored by the Glory of Islam: Conversion and Conquest in Ottoman Europe (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), winner, Albert Hourani Prize, Middle East Studies Association of North America, Best Book in Middle East Studies; The Dönme: Jewish Converts, Muslim Revolutionaries, and Secular Turks (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010); At Meydanı’nda Ölüm: 17. Yüzyıl İstanbul’unda Toplumsal Cinsiyet, Hoşgörü ve İhtida (Death on the Hippodrome: Gender, Tolerance, and Conversion in 17th century Istanbul) (Istanbul: Koç Yayınları, 2016, in Turkish); Sultanic Saviors and Tolerant Turks: Writing Ottoman Jewish History, Denying the Armenian Genocide (Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 2020), winner Dr. Sona Aronian Book Prize for Excellence in Armenian Studies, National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR), USA; and German, Jewish, Muslim, Gay: The Life and Times of Hugo Marcus (New York: Columbia University Press, 2020). His books have been translated into Turkish and Greek.



Marc David Baer @@MarcDavidBaer1

Interview with Luis Faria about the Ottomans published in Expresso (Portugal)

I've been fortunate to work with @PTIEducation with the expert support of @MarcDavidBaer1 to produce a scheme of work about the Ottomans. I led CPD last week, and all materials are now available via the PTI. Happy to talk it through, it's a great topic.

Tomorrow (budget day) marks one of the biggest days of strikes in decades:

133,000 civil servants

300,000 teachers

70,000 university staff

50,000 junior doctors

Amazon workers (Coventry)

Tens of thousands of @ProspectUnion members

London tube workers

BBC radio journalists

Happy World Book Day. I’m currently reading “The Ottomans” by @MarcDavidBaer1

Struma Faciası anma töreninde kaybettiklerimiz anısına

What company you keep in Hyderabad @MarcDavidBaer1! If it were my book, I'd have left it in the presence of Octavia Butler, but in this case I moved these lovelies from the Mystery to the History section at Himalaya Book World.

Strikes by university staff called off after pay breakthrough


We have agreed a two week period of calm after breakthroughs in talks covering: 

- pensions
- ending zero hour contracts
- ending casualisation
- tackling workload
- pay 

Watch and RT


I don't think I'll stop talking about this book and the period of time in the South Eastern Europe/Turkey's history which this book #TheOttomans captures. A potent mix of religions, beliefs, rebellions, identity and more...

Die letzten Tage wollte ich nur mit meiner Familie trauern. Auch darüber, dass #Adiyaman nicht mehr ist.

Doch wir müssen wieder anfangen, über das Politische zu reden: Der türkische Staat war in Adiyaman nicht da.

Mein Gastbeitrag in @tazgezwitscher:!5912493/

Seçimler, Anayasa'nın 78. maddesine göre sadece TBMM'de ve resmen ilan edilmiş savaş hali kararıyla ertelenebilir. Bunun istisnası yoktur.

TBMM'yi yok sayıp seçimleri erteleme kararı almak, açıkça siyasi darbe olur.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hollowed out state institutions, placed loyalists in key positions, and enriched his cronies—paving the way for this tragedy.

C’mon Brits,
Let’s keep giving to earhquake relief, £60 million and counting.
33,000 dead in Turkey and Syria. Hundreds of thousand wounded. Millions homeless.

In solidarity and deep sorrow for all suffering from the devastating #earthquake in #Turkey #Turkiye #Syria @decappeal

We reached $19500!! If we can collect another $5500, we will have $50000, which is huge!!!!! Please, please spread the word and donate!

Venmo: AyseBrammer

People in the UK can donate to earthquake relief in Turkey here:
Devastating earthquakes have hit Turkey and Syria, killing thousands of people and reducing buildings to rubble. Donate now to help save

‘What happens, happens’: how Erdoğan’s earthquake response tarnished his brand

People in the UK can donate to earthquake relief in Turkey here:

One of the best organizations for earthquake relief is

The website is mostly in Turkish, so some people were unsure how to navigate it. That’s why I made a brief tutorial to show you how to donate.

It doesn’t take more than 2minutes!

Sound on 🔊🔊🔊

Picket pup showing solidarity for university workers and fighting for the future of higher education in the UK #ucuRISING @ucu @LSE_UCU