Philip Balboni

Research interests: Turkish history, politics, and literature; Orientalism; Postcolonialism; Social Theory; Religion and Secular Criticism


Philip’s dissertation research focuses on politics, literature, and Orientalism in contemporary Turkey, based on 30 months of fieldwork in Istanbul. He completed his BA (2013) and MA (2015) at Columbia University, in the department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. He also holds an MSc in Social Anthropology from Oxford University (2016).


“Religious Distinctions: Rethinking Said on Religion, Criticism, and the Secular.” Qui Parle, 31.2 (Forthcoming, December 2022).

(With Henry Clements) “Modern Translations: Reflections on Postcolonialism, New Ontology, and the Secular.” History of the Present, 12.2 (Forthcoming, October 2022).