The CPH Writing Fellow for the Spring of 2016 is Professor Sabri Ates, Associate Professor of History in the William P. Clements Department of History at SMU. Professor Ates is completing a manuscript on the first Kurdish revolt, its attempt to establish a Kurdish nation-state, and its aftermath. The revolt started in the last months of 1880, when tens of thousands of Iranian and Ottoman Kurds marched on northwestern Iran, and ended in failure in early 1881. By writing a history of this revolt, Dr. Ates aims to answer the question of how the Kurds responded to the age of nationalism, and ultimately failed, only to be described as the world’s largest ethnic group without a state.
The CPH supports scholars at its home institution of Southern Methodist University who are working on projects in the field of presidential history, broadly defined. This Writing Fellowship provides an SMU scholar in the final stages of their project with a one-semester sabbatical from teaching.