Selim Kuru

Associate Professor
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Near Eastern Languages and  Civilization; Ottoman and Turkish language and literature.

Selim Sırrı Kuru is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA and current Chair and Graduate Program Coordinator of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization.  He received his B.A. (1988) and M.A. (1992) degrees in Turkish Language and Literature Department from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul. He got his Ph.D. degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization from Harvard University in 2000.

Selim Kuru′s work focuses on Ottoman 14th-16th centuries Anatolian literary history, genres with respect to the topic of love and its place in the elite Ottoman society. His recent publications include a chapter in Cambridge History of Turkey, Vol. 2 on Anatolian Turkish Literature during the period 1453-1600 and another chapter on homoeroticism in Anatolian elite literary traditions which is published in Italian. Professor Kuru is in the editorial board of Journal of Turkish Studies and the book series Sources of Oriental Languages and Literatures.


  • Harvard University, Ph.D., 2001
  • Bogazici University, M.A., 1993
  • Bogazici University, B.A., 1990