Ümit Kurt is a Polonsky fellow at Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in Israel. He received his PhD. from Clark University, in 2016. He was a Kazan Visiting Assistant Professor in Armenian Studies at California State University (2018-19) and a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University (2016-17). He is engaged in his work with examining transfer of wealth, transformation of space, elite-making process, ordinary perpetrators, collective violence, micro-histories, inter ethnic conflicts, and early modern Turkish nationalism. His publications
include The Great, Hopeless Turkish Race: Fundamentals of Turkish Nationalism in the Turkish Homeland, 1911- 1916 (2012); (co-author) The Spirit of the Laws: The Plunder of Wealth in the Armenian Genocide (2015); and Antep 1915: Genocide and Perpetrators (2018). He was the recipient of Armenian Studies Scholarship Award of Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. He taught in Sabancı, Boğaziçi, Clark, Fresno State Universities, and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is currently teaching in the Department of Middle Eastern and African Studies at the University of Tel Aviv.