Mustafa Emre Günaydi


527 Farm House Ln
Ames IA


Mustafa Emre Günaydı
PhD Student and Research Assistant

Günaydı is a specialist of the Ottoman Empire, the Modern Middle East, and the Indian Ocean. His principal research interests include the environmental and public health histories of cholera and plague epidemics in late Ottoman Iraq. He is interested in examining how epidemics and other natural disasters reshaped both Ottoman center-periphery relations and their broader impacts on international relations along the contested frontiers between Ottoman Iraq, Qajar Iran, and British India.

Günaydı is the recipient of Iowa State University’s Indian Ocean World PhD Fellowship. With generous support from the Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Office of the Vice President of Research, Günaydı will serve as a research assistant under the supervision of Michael Christopher Low as part of Iowa State’s partnership with McGill University’s Indian Ocean World Centre.

From 2018 through 2025, Iowa State will join McGill’s Indian Ocean World Centre (led by Gwyn Campbell, PI) and an international team of twenty universities and centers across the globe. Our partnership project, “Appraising Risk, Past and Present: Interrogating Historical Data to Enhance Understanding of Environmental Crises in the Indian Ocean World,” has been awarded a 2.5 million-dollar (Canadian) grant by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Historians, anthropologists, and social and environmental scientists will examine the social, economic, and political impacts of natural disasters and environmental risk across the world most populous and unstable macro-region, stretching from East Africa, Arabia, and the Persian Gulf to India, Southeast Asia, and China. By examining past and present patterns of natural hazards from epidemic disease, monsoon failure, and drought to tsunamis, volcanic activity, and global climate change, this grant seeks to better understand how the societies of the Indian Ocean world have adapted to natural disasters and environmental risk across time.


Master of Comparative Studies in History and Society, Koç University, 2019.
Bachelor of History and Minor in Sociology, Istanbul Bilgi University, 2017.