Mehmet Mert Sunar

Associate Professor

Mehmet Mert Sunar, Associate Professor: Mehmet Mert Sunar got his Ph.D. in History at State University of New York-Binghamton in 2006. His dissertation, titled “Cauldron of Dissent: A History of Janissary Corps, 1807-1826”, examines the socio-economic and political roles of janissaries during the early reign of Sultan Mahmud II. He was granted fellowships by State University of New York (2000-2002) and Turkish High Education Council (2002-2006). After finishing his Ph.D., he worked at the International Relations Department in Kocaeli University from 2006 to 2011. Focusing on Ottoman social and military history, Sunar studies Ottoman military institutions, civil-military relations and war time mobilization in the Ottoman Empire. He currently teaches Ottoman military and social history in the History department of Istanbul Medeniyet University. He has published articles and book chapters in various journals and collective volumes. He is the author of March Forward: Drills, Drill Manuals and Organization in the Asakir-i Mansure Army (in Turkish). In the framework of in JaNet, he works as a senior researcher investigating the janissary networks of Istanbul and he is also in charge of a research team indexing janissary payroll registers for JaNet’s database.


This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 849911)