Heather Ferguson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History

Areas of Expertise:
Early Modern Statecraft, Ethics and Moral Issues, Evolution of Muslim Societies, Legal History, Middle East, Ottoman History

(909) 607-3814
Kravis Center 203

Office Hours

Tuesday, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.Thursday, 09:30 - 10:00 a.m.
  • Education
  • Awards and Affiliations
  • Research and Publications
University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., 2009; University of Texas at Austin, Masters of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies, 1999
  • Editor, Review of Middle East Studies

  • Associate Editor, International Journal of Islamic Architecture

  • American Council of Learned Societies Faculty Fellow, 2014-2015

  • Gould Center for Humanistic Studies Faculty Research Grant, Summer 2012

  • al-Falah Dissertation Grant, CMES, UC Berkeley, Fall 2008

  • American Research Institute in Turkey Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2003-2004

  • Ford Foundation Research Grant for Social Science Concepts in Area Studies, Summer 1998

  • The Proper Order of Things: Language, Power and Law in Ottoman Administrative Discourses, Stanford University Press, 2018 release date

  • “From Hyperbole to Bureaucracy: Ottoman and Habsburg Courtly Rivalries,” In Iacobus: Revista de Estudios Jacobeos Y Medievales, memorial issue for Louis Cardaillac (Issue 33-34, 2015), 265-90.

  • Current book project: Archiving Empires: Monuments to Universalism in Early Modern Habsburg and Ottoman Courts

  • Chapter submission "The Circle of Justice and Legal Vocabularies in Ottoman Administrative Genres" for Justice, Statecaft and Law: A New Ottoman Legal History (forthcoming under the editorship of Huricihan Islamoglu)

  • "Occupying the Future." The Tahrir Forum of the Cairo Review (November 29, 2011).

  • "Genres of Power: Constructing a Discourse of Decline in Ottoman Nasihatname." In Osmanli Arastirmalari Dergisi /The Journal of Ottoman Studies (Issue 35, 2010) 81-116.

  • "Reading Kanunname: Law and Governance in the Sixteenth-Century Ottoman Empire." In The International Journal of the Humanities 6 (2007-08).

  • "Property, Language, and Law: Conventions of Social Discourse in Seventeenth-century Tarablus al-Sham." In Beshara Doumani, ed., The Family in Middle Eastern History (New York: SUNY Press, 2002).

  • "Paths Through the Archives: Research as Storytelling," La Sierra University, 2007