Henry R. Shapiro is a historian of the Early Modern Near East, with a particular interest in the Ottoman and Safavid Empires. His thesis—based on primary source research with Ottoman Turkish archival documents, Armenian narrative sources, and unpublished manuscripts in both Armenian and Armeno-Turkish—is entitled, “The Great Armenian Flight: The Celali Revolts and the Rise of Western Armenian Society.” He passed his general exams with distinction in May 2013, completing a major field on Early Modern Ottoman History with his adviser, Professor Molly Greene, as well as minor fields on Safavid and Mughal History with his co-adviser, Professor Michael Cook, and Late Ottoman and Turkish Republican History with Professor Şükrü Hanioğlu.
Henry completed his BA in Ancient Greek Literature in the Classics Department of Brown University. Thereafter, he earned two master’s degrees, a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, and an MA in History from Sabancı University in Istanbul, Turkey. Since starting at Princeton, his studies and research have been funded by the Princeton Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies, the Princeton History Department, the Institute of Turkish Studies, the American Research Institute in Turkey, and Fulbright (IIE Fellowship, Armenia). During the 2016-2017 academic year, Henry will be a Graduate Research Fellow at the Princeton Center for the Study of Religion, and he has also been awarded the Princeton Graduate School’s Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship for the same time period. He has published articles in English, Turkish, and Eastern Armenian.