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E. Natalie Rothman
University of Toronto Scarborough
Department of Historical and Cultural Studies
University of Toronto Scarborough 1265 Military Trail
Toronto ON M1C 1A4
E. Natalie Rothman is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto, specializing in the history of Venice and the Ottoman Empire in the early modern period. Her broader interests include the history of cultural mediation, the relationship between translation and empire, and the genealogies of Orientalism as a set of scholarly methods and epistemologies. She was trained as an historical anthropologist, first at Tel Aviv University (MA in Culture Research, summa cum laude, 1999) and then at the University of Michigan (PhD in Anthropology and History, 2006). Her book, Brokering Empire: Trans-Imperial Subjects between Venice and Istanbul (Cornell University Press, 2011), explores how diplomatic interpreters, converts, and commercial brokers mediated and helped define political, linguistic, and religious boundaries between the Venetian and Ottoman empires in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Rothman's articles have appeared in Mediterranean Historical Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and elsewhere. She continues to examine the intersecting histories of early modern trans-imperial subjects in her current project, The Dragoman Renaissance: Diplomatic Interpreters and the Making of the Levant, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Newberry Library, a Jackman Humanities Fellowship at the University of Toronto, and an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Government. Her courses focus on the early modern Mediterranean and on the men and women who moved therein
Sub Areas
13th-18th Centuries
Ottoman Studies
Geographic Areas of Interest
Mediterranean Countries
Ottoman Empire
Converts & Conversion
Cult Mediation Btwn Venetian & Ottoman Emps
Dragomans, Interpreters, Translators
French (advanced)
German (advanced)
Italian (fluent)
Spanish (intermediate)
Turkish (elementary)
PhD | 2006 | Anthro & Hist | U of Michigan