2019 Graduate Fellow
Peter Kitlas is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. His dissertation project focuses on the development of diplomatic culture and practices in Morocco and the Ottoman Empire throughout the eighteenth century. To do so he investigates three areas of diplomatic activity: the writing of ambassadorial accounts; the creation and sustaining of networks within which the ambassadors operated; and the use of diplomatic spaces outside the respective central administrations. He is excited to work with the faculty and staff at the CDH to develop an approach that will better analyze the networks and connectivities of Moroccan and Ottoman diplomatic actors. His archival research in Morocco, Turkey, Gibraltar, and Croatia has been funded by the Social Science Research Council and the Fulbright-Hays Commission.