Hi! My name is Gulsum Gurbuz-Kucuksari. I have been in the States for about 8 years now. I came here for educational reasons and completed my Masters on Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in CT. I then got married and came to Arizona and later started at the UofA’s PhD program in Near Eastern Studies. I am interested in Ottoman history in general but my current research is particularly about the Kurdish nationalism in the early 20th century, Kurdish madrasas and their influences on Kurdish consciousness, and the Kurdish media of that time. I speak Turkish and English and can read 19th an 20th century published Ottoman manuscripts. And I am enjoying being a new mom of my two-month old son, named Tarik.