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Fredrick Walter Lorenz



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Fredrick Walter Lorenz is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes in the history of the late Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East and North Africa (MENA). His dissertation focuses on the intersection among empire, migration, colonization, and the global economy. He investigates the centralizing and expansionist agenda of the late Ottoman Empire in Libya, more specifically, the provinces of Tripolitania, Fezzan, and Cyrenaica, from 1835 until the Italo-Turkish War of 1911-1912. His research examines the roles of migrants-turned-settlers to execute a centralizing and civilizing mission in the coastlines and hinterland of Ottoman Libya. He contends that these migrant settlements played a crucial role in transforming Ottoman Libya into a lucrative space for centralization, security, and agricultural development. His work illuminates how the Ottoman state founded an Ottoman foothold in North Africa. 

 

 

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Field of Study

Africa
Middle East

Subfield

Modern Middle East and North Africa (MENA), 19th-20th c. Ottoman Empire, Ottoman and Modern Libya, Migration, Settler Colonialism

Research

Fredrick Walter Lorenz is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He specializes in the history of the late Ottoman Empire and the modern Middle East and North Africa (MENA). His dissertation focuses on the intersection among empire, migration, colonization, and the global economy. He investigates the centralizing and expansionist agenda of the late Ottoman Empire in Libya, more specifically, the provinces of Tripolitania, Fezzan, and Cyrenaica, from 1835 until the Italo-Turkish War of 1911-1912. His research examines the roles of migrants-turned-settlers to execute a centralizing and civilizing mission in the coastlines and hinterland of Ottoman Libya. He contends that these migrant settlements played a crucial role in transforming Ottoman Libya into a lucrative space for centralization, security, and agricultural development. His work illuminates how the Ottoman state founded an Ottoman foothold in North Africa.

Publications

“The Second Egypt”: Cretan Refugees, Agricultural Development, and Frontier Expansion in Ottoman Cyrenaica, 1897-1904.” International Journal of Middle East Studies (forthcoming). 

Grants and Awards

Graduate Student Dissertation Grant, Center for Near Eastern Studies (CNES), UCLA, 2020

Graduate Student Dissertation Grant, University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), UC Irvine, 2020        

The Vangelis Kechriotis Memorial Travel Grant, Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (OTSA), 2019

Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship,  The Center for European and Russian Studies (CERS), UCLA, 2019

Mark Pinson Grant for Graduate Research on the Ottoman Balkans, Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS), 2016, 2017, 2019

Center for European and Russian Studies (CERS) Conference Travel Grant, UCLA, 2017

Ladino/Judezmo Reading Certificate, Mediterranean Seminar Summer Skills Seminar,University of Colorado Boulder, 2017

Graduate Research Mentorship Program (GRM) Fellowship, UCLA, 2017; 2018 

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program (GSRM) Fellowship, UCLA, 2016; 2017

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship for Middle East North Africa Studies (MENA),
US Department of Education, 2017-2018               

American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), Boğaziçi University Fellowship for Intensive Advanced Turkish at Boğaziçi University, 2016

Conference Presentations

“Migrants, Militias, and Martinis: Generative Forces of Local Security in the late Ottoman Balkans.” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 2019.         

“Mobilizing Against Exile: Migrant Strategies of Repatriation to the Balkans, 1878-1885.” California Scholars of the Middle East and North Africa Workshop (CaliMENA), UCLA History Department, UCLA NELC, and UC Irvine Armenian Studies, May 2019.

“The Challenges to Returning Home: Muslim Migrants between Bulgaria and the Ottoman Empire following the Russo-Ottoman War of 1877-1878.” Western Social Science Association Annual Conference, San Diego, April 2019.

“Relocation, Resettlement, and Conscription: Refugee Policies during the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78.” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, November 2017.

Advisors

James Gelvin (chair) , Sarah A. Stein, Aomar Boum, Miloš Jovanović, Isa Blumi (Stockholm University)

Degrees

C. Phil., History, UCLA

M.A., History, Indiana University

M.A., Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, Indiana University

B.A., Middle Eastern Studies, Georgia State University