Dr. Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky is Assistant Professor of History at Furman University. He is a historian of the modern Middle East, specializing in the history of migration in Anatolia, the Arab world, the Balkans, and the Caucasus. He received a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History from Stanford University in 2018 and served as a 2018–19 Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Columbia University.

Dr. Hamed-Troyansky is currently working on a book manuscript that 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 investment was critical to the success of refugee economies and that the resettlement of Muslim refugees proved fundamental to the making of the modern Middle East and eastern Europe.

Dr. Hamed-Troyansky is developing a second project on colonialism and sectarianism in the Ottoman-Russian frontier provinces in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He works primarily with sources in Arabic, Ottoman Turkish, and Russian. Dr. Hamed-Troyansky conducted archival research in Turkey, Jordan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, the United Kingdom, and Russia, including the autonomous republics of Dagestan, North Ossetia-Alania, and Kabardino-Balkaria. His research has been supported by, among others, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Historical Association.

At Furman, Dr. Hamed-Troyansky teaches courses in modern and early modern Middle Eastern history. He is interested in introducing Furman students to the vibrant and multifaceted Middle East through the study of films, graphic novels, hip-hop songs, revolutionary posters, and other primary historical evidence. He welcomes students who wish to learn more about the Middle East and is happy to supervise students’ independent research. Dr. Hamed-Troyansky previously worked with undergraduate and graduate students at Columbia and at Stanford, where he won a university-wide Centennial Teaching Assistant Award and served as a graduate teaching consultant at the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning.

Before moving to the United States, Dr. Hamed-Troyansky completed his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Scotland and lived and studied in Syria, Israel, and Egypt. He likes disappearing in Arabic short stories, Russian Silver Age poetry, and any mountains he can find.

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Last Islamic Empires

A comparative examination of the rise and decline" of the three great Muslim empires of the early modern period (1400-1800s). It considers the problem of political legitimacy; transformations in religious practices; the relationship among these empires and the West; and lastly their legacies in the modern world."


Modern Middle East

Examination of the major political and social developments in the Middle East in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Attention divided among the Arab, Persian and Turkish peoples and states.


Arab-Israeli Conflict

A survey of the origins, history, and implications of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Offering a complex perspective underscoring the multidimensional character of the conflict in terms of both the issues and the actors involved.

​​Peer-Reviewed Articles:

“Circassian Refugees and the Making of Amman, 1878–1914,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 49, no. 4 (2017): 605–23.

  • 2018 Best Article Prize, Syrian Studies Association.
  • 2018 Khayrallah Prize in Middle Eastern Migration Studies, Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.


Imperial Refuge: Resettlement of Muslims from Russia in the Ottoman Empire, 1860–1914,” Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford University, 2018.

  • 2018 Best Dissertation Prize, World History Association.
  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. 2017–18.
  • American Historical Association, Bernadotte Schmitt Grant. 2017.
  • American Research Center in Sofia, Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. 2015.
  • Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Research Fellowship. 2014–15.
  • American Center of Oriental Research, Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellowship. 2014.
  • Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, Samiha Ayverdi Award for Best Ottoman Translation. 2014.
​​Ph.D., Stanford University 
M.A., Stanford University M.Sc., University of Edinburgh 
M.A. (Hons), University of St Andrews

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