Profile: Zeynep Çelik

(NJIT) Distinguished Professor

Department of History

Zeynep Çelik (B. Arch. Istanbul Technical University; M. Arch. Rice University; PhD. University of California, Berkeley; Doctor Honoris Causa, Bosporus University, 2013) is distinguished professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Department of Federated History at the NJIT and Rutgers-Newark. Her publications include The Remaking of Istanbul: Portrait of an Ottoman City in the Nineteenth Century (1986—winner of the Institute of Turkish Studies Book Award, 1987), Displaying the Orient: Architecture of Islam at Nineteenth Century World’s Fairs (1992), Streets: Critical Perspectives on Public Space (1993—co-editor), Urban Forms and Colonial Confrontations: Algiers under French Rule (1997), Empire, Architecture, and the City: French-Ottoman Encounters, 1830-1914 (2008—winner of the Society of Architectural Historians Spiro Kostof Book Award, 2010), Walls of Algiers: Narratives of the City through Text and Image (2009—co-editor), and Scramble for the Past: A Story of Archaeology in Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914 (2011, co-editor), as well as articles on cross-cultural topics. She served as the editor of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2000-2003). She co-curated “Walls of Algiers,” an exhibition at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (May-October 2009) and “Scramble for the Past: A Story of Archaeology in Ottoman Empire, 1753-1914,” an exhibition at Salt, Istanbul (November 2011-March 2012). She is now working on a new book project, titled About Antiquities: Museums, Their Publics, and Life at the Digs. Professor Çelik has been the recipient of numerous fellowships, including John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2004), American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1992, 2004, and 2011) and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2012).