Karen Barkey

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Karen Barkey
Born 1959 (age 57–58)
Istanbul, Turkey
Alma mater University of Chicago
University of Washington
Bryn Mawr College
Occupation Sociology professor
Spouse(s) Anthony Marx
Children Josh

Karen Barkey is the Haas Distinguished Chair of Religious Diversity at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society and a Professor of sociology at University of California, Berkeley.[1][2] She was previously a Professor of sociology and history at Columbia University.[3]


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 current 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.

She is engaged in different projects on religion and toleration. She has written on the early centuries of Ottoman state toleration and is now exploring different ways of understanding how religious coexistence, toleration and sharing occurred in different historical sites under Ottoman rule. She directs a web-based project on shared sacred sites.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Barkey, Karen, and George Gavrilis. 2015. "The Ottoman Millet System: Non-Territorial Autonomy and its Legacy Today." Ethnopolitics.
  • Barkey, Karen, and Elazar Barkan. 2014. Choreographies of Shared Sacred Sites: Religion, Politics, & Conflict Resolution. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
  • 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.


  1. ^ [Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society]
  2. ^ [University of California, Berkeley]
  3. ^ [Columbia University]

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