Kate Elizabeth Creasey is a researcher, historian, and writer based in Montreal. She is currently working on a PhD dissertation in the Department of History at UCLA on connections between Turkey and Iran during the 1970s and early 1980s.
Between 2010 and 2013 she lived in Istanbul and worked as a foreign researcher at Istanbul Bilgi University, where she conducted research on uses of photography in the late Ottoman Empire and helped organize an international conference on Ottoman and Turkish labour history. She started this blog, Leaves from Taksim, during the 2013 Gezi Park Protests.
Over the past year at UCLA Kate has played a central role in programming and organizing a national conference on the future of the history PhD and different career paths for young historians in conjunction with the American Historical Association/ Mellon Career Diversity Initiative. As a part of her participation in the project she wrote a piece for AHA Today entitled “The Language of Professionalization: Potential Pitfalls.
Her writing on Turkey has also appeared in several internet publications devoted to Turkey and the Middle East including Bulent Journal and Jadaliyya. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and anthropology from the University of Toronto.