Ümit Fırat Açıkgöz is currently writing his dissertation on the entanglement of local, national, and global agencies in the urban modernization of post-Ottoman Istanbul (1923-1950). At the most general level, he is interested in the ways in which politics, ideology, and identity inform the making of built environments. Açıkgöz's research focuses on the Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon. He has presented papers at a number of conferences in the United States, Turkey, Portugal, Serbia, Croatia, and France. He has published in The Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association and Architectural Histories. Açıkgöz received his B.A. in History from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, and M.A. in Architectural History from Middle East Technical University, Ankara.