Joshua M. White

Assistant Professor

(434) 924-1439

Nau 355
Office Hours: T 12:30-1:30 PM, W 5-6 PM, and by appointment

Field & Specialties

Early Modern Ottoman Empire and Mediterranean World
social, legal, and diplomatic history


Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2012
M.A. University of Michigan, 2007
B.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2004




Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2017.


Articles and Book Chapters


“Slave Laundering: Piracy, Subjecthood, and the Illegal Captive Trade in the Ottoman Mediterranean.” In The Making of the Modern Mediterranean: Views from the South, edited by Judith Tucker (forthcoming).


"Litigating Disputes over Ships and Cargo in Early Modern Ottoman Courts." Quaderni Storici 51, no. 3 (2016): 701-25.


“‘It is Not Halal to Raid Them’: Piracy and Law in the Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Mediterranean.” In Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th-19th c., edited by David Starkey and Gelina Harlaftis, 77-94. Athens: Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, 2016.


“Fetva Diplomacy: The Ottoman Şeyhülislam as Trans-Imperial Intermediary.” Journal of Early Modern History 19, no. 2-3 (2015): 199-221.


“Shifting Winds: Piracy, Diplomacy, and Trade in the Ottoman Mediterranean, 1624-1626.” In Well-Connected Domains: Towards an Entangled Ottoman History, edited by Pascal Firges, Tobias Graf, Christian Roth, and Gülay Tulasoğlu, 37-53. The Ottoman Empire and Its Heritage 57. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

Internet and Popular Press Publications

Ottoman History Podcast episode on Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean, with Chris Gratien, Susanna Ferguson, and Taylor Moore, posted September 16, 2017.

Jadaliyya NEWTON interview on Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean, posted March 16, 2018.

Awards & Honors

ACLS Fellowship, 2015-2016.

American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT)-NEH Research Fellowship, 2013.

2012 Arthur Fondiler Award for Best Dissertation in History, University of Michigan (U-M).

2012 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award Honorable Mention.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2011-2012.

H.F. Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship, 2011-2012 (Declined).

CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship, 2011.

U-M Rackham International Research Award, 2010.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2008-2009.

ARIT Department of State Fellowship, 2008.

Title VI FLAS Fellowships (Turkish, Persian), 2006-2008.

CASA Full-Year Fellowship in advanced Arabic at American University in Cairo, 2004-2005.

Courses Taught

HIME 1501: Pirates of the Mediterranean

HIME 2001: History of the Middle East and North Africa, 500-1500

HIME 3192: From Nomads to Sultans: The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1730

HIME 4511: Tourist, Pilgrim, Soldier, Spy: Travel and Travel-Writing in the Middle East & Mediterranean, 1000-1800

HIME 4511: Captive Mediterranean: Human Trafficking and Holy War

HIME 4511: A Tale of Two Sieges: The Ottoman Empire in Europe, 1529-1683

HIME 4511: Muslim Sicily and the Medieval Mediterranean World

HIME 5053: Slavery in the Middle East and the Ottoman Empire

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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