Profile: Kyle and Emine Evered

Dr. Kyle Evered, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography; and Dr. Emine Evered, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA. Their research interests include malaria, public health education, population policies and the political framing of health issues.

A native of northern Wisconsin, Kyle Evered earned a BA in Anthropology, History, and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies (LACIS), a MA in LACIS, and a MS in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and focused largely on Latin America and the Caribbean. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and before he left Wisconsin, he also began to develop interests in Turkey and Eurasia that he had since his childhood due to family connections and travels in the region. Continuing his graduate study, he earned a PhD in Geography and a Graduate Certificate in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oregon. In graduate school, he also was awarded a Fulbright to study in Turkey for a year and examined both political geographies of nationalism and nation-building and political ecologies of wetlands. These sets of topics eventually lead him to address issues associated with malaria and the early Turkish state.

A native of eastern Turkey, Emine Evered completed her BA and MA in History before coming to the US, where she earned another MA (UW-Madison) and a PhD (UofArizona) both in History. Focused on topics of education and gender in the late Ottoman and early republican contexts, she went on to write the first book-length examination of center-periphery relations concerning late Ottoman education and governance ( Empire and Education under the Ottomans: Politics, Reform and Resistance from the Tanzimat to the Young Turks, IB Tauris, 2012).

Building upon their backgrounds dealing with late Ottoman and republican history, people-environment relationships, nation-building and governance, and gender studies and after having waited for almost two decades since they first met in an Ottoman history seminar, Kyle and Emine initiated collaborative work that addresses historical geographies of public health, medicine, and disease in the late Ottoman and early republican contexts. Thus far, their work has included articles on malaria, public health education and malaria, state-building and public health, population policies, the political framing of syphilis and prostitution, and medicalized associations between syphilis and the Turkish state s regulation of prostitution, with their work appearing (or forthcoming) in Journal of Historical Geography, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, Health and Place, and Gender, Place and Culture.

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Updated: February 2012