Nevra Necipoğlu

Nevra Necipoğlu

Robert Lehman Visiting Professor
The Social Topography and Urban Development of 15th-Century Constantinople
2016 - 2017 (September-December)


Nevra Necipoğlu is Professor of History at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, founding director of the University’s Byzantine Studies Research Center, and general secretary of the Turkish National Committee for Byzantine Studies. Her publications include Byzantium between the Ottomans and the Latins: Politics and Society in the Late Empire (2009), as well as several edited and co-edited several books and articles on late Byzantine social and economic history, Byzantine-Seljuk and Byzantine-Ottoman relations, and the urban history of Constantinople and Thessaloniki during the 13th‑15th centuries. Her awards include fellowships from Phi Beta Kappa, Wellesley College, Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks, Oxford University, the University of Paris 1, and the Boğaziçi University Foundation.

Project Summary

This project aims to reconstruct the social topography and urban development of Constantinople during the 15th century, based on evidence from Byzantine, Italian, and Ottoman sources. It is part of an ongoing research on late Byzantine Constantinople which intends to shed light on what the city looked like and how it functioned as an urban center during the last two centuries preceding its fall to the Ottomans.