Karen Barkey

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Karen Barkey is a professor of sociology at Columbia University in New York City, USA.


Karen Barkey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, an M.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an A.B. from Bryn Mawr College.


Barkey was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She is married to Anthony Marx, the president of the New York Public Library and former president of Amherst College, in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Scientific contributions[edit]

Barkey studies state centralization/decentralization, state control and social movements against states in the context of empires.

Her research focuses primarily on the Ottoman Empire, and recently on comparisons between Ottoman, Habsburg and Roman empires.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Barkey, Karen, and Frédéric Godart. 2013. "Empires, Federated Arrangements and Kingdoms: Using Political Models of Governance to Understand Firms’ Creative Performance." Organization Studies 34:79-104.
  • Barkey, Karen. 2008. Empire of difference: The Ottomans in comparative perspective. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Barkey, Karen, and Ronan Van Rossem. 1997. "Networks of Contention: Villages and Regional Structure in the Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Empire." American Journal of Sociology 102:1345-82.
  • Barkey, Karen, and Mark von Hagen. 1997. After empire: multiethnic societies and nation-building : the Soviet Union and the Russian, Ottoman and Habsburg empires. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
  • Barkey, Karen. 1996. "In Different Times: Scheduling and Social Control in the Ottoman Empire, 1550 to 1650." Comparative Studies in Society and History 38:460-483.
  • Barkey, Karen. 1994. Bandits and bureaucrats: the Ottoman route to state centralization. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

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