Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He specializes in global migration and forced displacement and the history of the Ottoman and Russian empires and their successor states. His research interrogates the relationship between refugee mobility, political economy, and ethnic cleansing, which were critical to the making of the modern Middle East and Eastern Europe.
Dr. Hamed-Troyansky’s current book project, Empire of Refugees: North Caucasian Muslims and the Late Ottoman State, examines the resettlement of Muslim refugees from Russia in the Ottoman Empire prior to World War I. His project revisits late Ottoman history through the lens of migration and excavates the origins of refugee resettlement in the modern Middle East. Between 1860 and 1914, about a million North Caucasian Muslims, primarily Circassians, Chechens, and Daghestanis, arrived and were resettled throughout the Ottoman Empire, from territories of modern-day Bulgaria, Romania, and Greece in the west, through Turkey, to Syria, Iraq, and Jordan in the east. His work demonstrates that state support—in the form of financial aid, infrastructural development, and legislation—was critical to the economic success of refugee resettlement.
Dr. Hamed-Troyansky conducted archival research in over twenty public and private archives in Turkey, Jordan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, the United Kingdom, and Russia, including the autonomous republics of Dagestan, North Ossetia-Alania, and Kabardino-Balkaria. He works with sources in Arabic, Ottoman and modern Turkish, Russian, and Bulgarian. His research has been supported by, among others, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He held residential research fellowships in the American research centers in Amman and Sofia.
Dr. Hamed-Troyansky completed his doctoral work at Stanford University in 2018. His dissertation was awarded the 2019 dissertation prize by the World History Association and an honorable mention for the 2019 Malcolm H. Kerr dissertation award in the social sciences by the Middle East Studies Association. Prior to coming to UCSB, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University's Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies and an assistant professor of Middle Eastern history at Furman University. Dr. Hamed-Troyansky grew up in the Baltics, completed his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Scotland, and briefly studied in Syria and Egypt.
“Becoming Armenian: Religious Conversions in the Late Imperial South Caucasus,” Comparative Studies in Society and History 63, no. 1 (2021): 242–72. [PDF]
“Circassian Refugees and the Making of Amman, 1878–1914,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 49, no. 4 (2017): 605–23. [PDF]
Winner | 2018 Best Article Prize, Syrian Studies Association.
Winner | 2018 Khayrallah Prize in Migration Studies, Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.