Visiting Assistant Professor
Professor Peychev is a historian of the Ottoman Empire, its successor states, and the wider world, with research and teaching interests in environmental history, urban history, space and place, travel writing, scientific exploration, and cultural representation. He has taught surveys of Global and Middle Eastern history, courses on the relationship between the Islamic World and the West, and seminars in East European and Eurasian studies. At Boston College, Professor Peychev teaches Globalization I and II within the History Core.
Professor Peychev is currently working on his first book, The Nature of the Ottoman City: Water Management and Urban Space in Sofia, 1380s-1910s. The book examines the construction and transformation of space and place in Sofia by focusing on the interplay of human and non-human actors. Prior to coming to Boston College, Professor Peychev taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering, and Technology. His research has been supported by the Council for European Studies, the American Research Center in Sofia, and the Turkish Cultural Foundation.
Review of Onur İnal and Yavuz Köse, eds., Seeds of Power: Explorations in Ottoman Environmental History (Winwick, Cambridgeshire: The White Horse Press, 2019), Der Islam: Journal of the History and Culture of the Middle East 98/1 (2021) [forthcoming]
“Water and the City: Ottoman Sofia in the Early Modern Period,” in Living with Nature and Things: Contributions to a New Social History of the Middle Islamic Periods, eds. Bethany J. Walker and Abdelkader al-Ghouz (Göttingen: Bonn University Press, 2020), 139-157
“The Water Supply System of Ottoman Sofia in the Early Modern Period,” in Annual of the Faculty of History of “St. Cyril and St. Methodius” University of Veliko Turnovo 2 (34) (2018): 179-189 [In Bulgarian]
“The Image of the City: Public Baths and Urban Space in Western Travellers’ Descriptions of Ottoman Sofia,” in The City in the Muslim World: Depictions by Western Travel Writers, eds. Mohammad Gharipour and Nilay Özlü (London and New York: Routledge, 2015), 101-120