Travel Spotlight: Türkiye with Reşat Kasaba

Gather at University Book Store to enjoy refreshments and conversation as you learn about the culture, history and highlights of a marvelous destination: Türkiye. Past travelers, future travelers and armchair travelers are all welcome!


UW professor (and upcoming UW Alumni Tours host) Reşat Kasaba will offer his insights on this storied region, from its historic role as a cultural crossroads to current events. Whether you’re interested in joining the professor on a 2025 Legendary Turkey tour or just want to learn something new, it’s a wonderful opportunity to expand your horizons.

Complimentary parking available in the University Book Store parking lot, and everyone who attends will receive Husky Bucks good for $5 off of a $15 purchase (exceptions apply). Bring a friend!


Reşat Kasaba

Professor, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Reşat Kasaba is a professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Kasaba’s main area of research is the Ottoman Empire, Turkey and the Modern Middle East. He has written on economic history, state-society relations, migration, ethnicity and nationalism, and urban history. Most recently, he edited volume four of “The Cambridge History of Modern Turkey” and wrote “A Moveable Empire: Ottoman Empire, Migrants, and Refugees.” Kasaba has received grants from the Carnegie Corporation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the National Science Foundation. In 1999, he was the recipient of the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Kasaba served as the Director of the Jackson School from 2010 to 2020.

Reşat Kasaba was born in Turkey and completed his early education in that country. He received his B.S. in Economics and Statistics from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara (1977), and his Masters and Ph.D. in Sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, in 1979 and 1985 respectively.