Joshua M. White

Associate Professor

(434) 924-1439
Nau 355
Office Hours: By appointment

Field & Specialties

Early Modern Ottoman Empire and Mediterranean
social, legal, and diplomatic history


Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2012
M.A. University of Michigan, 2007
B.A. Washington University in St. Louis, 2004



Piracy and Law in the Ottoman Mediterranean. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2017.

Articles and Book Chapters

“Slavery, Manumission, and Freedom Suits in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire.” In Slaves and Slave Agency in the Ottoman Empire, edited by Stephan Conermann and Gül Şen, 283-318. Göttingen: V&R Unipress for Bonn University Press, 2020.

“Piracy of the Ottoman Mediterranean: Slave Laundering and Subjecthood.” In The Making of the Modern Mediterranean: Views from the South, edited by Judith Tucker, 95-122. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2019.

“Slave Manumission Documents.” In Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History 1500-1900. Vol. 11: Ottoman and Safavid Empires, 1700-1800, edited by David Thomas and John Chesworth, 227-33. Leiden: Brill, 2018.

"Litigating Disputes over Ships and Cargo in Early Modern Ottoman Courts." Quaderni Storici 51, no. 3 (2016): 701-25.

“‘It is Not Halal to Raid Them’: Piracy and Law in the Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Mediterranean.” In Corsairs and Pirates in the Eastern Mediterranean, 15th-19th c., edited by David Starkey and Gelina Harlaftis, 77-94. Athens: Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, 2016.

“Fetva Diplomacy: The Ottoman Şeyhülislam as Trans-Imperial Intermediary.” Journal of Early Modern History 19, no. 2-3 (2015): 199-221.

“Shifting Winds: Piracy, Diplomacy, and Trade in the Ottoman Mediterranean, 1624-1626.” In Well-Connected Domains: Towards an Entangled Ottoman History, edited by Pascal Firges, Tobias Graf, Christian Roth, and Gülay Tulasoğlu, 37-53. The Ottoman Empire and Its Heritage 57. Leiden: Brill, 2014.

Awards & Honors

UVA Institute for the Humanities and Global Cultures Mellon Fellowship, 2020-2021.
UVA College Fellow, 2018-2020.
ACLS Fellowship, 2015-2016.
NEH - American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) Fellowship, 2013.
2012 Arthur Fondiler Award for Best Dissertation in History, University of Michigan.
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2011-2012.
CAORC Multi-Country Research Fellowship, 2011.
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2008-2009.
ARIT Department of State Fellowship, 2008.
Title VI FLAS Fellowships (Turkish, Persian), 2006-2008.
CASA Full-Year Fellowship in advanced Arabic at American University in Cairo, 2004-2005.

Courses Taught

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses on the history of the medieval and early modern Middle East, Ottoman Empire, and Mediterranean world. As a member of the third cohort of the UVA College Fellows, I am teaching exclusively in the new college curriculum through Fall 2020, offering an Engagements course for first-years, EGMT 1540: The Ethics of Piracy, from the High Seas to Torrents.

Courses I have taught in the past (and will offer again) include:

  • HIME 1501: Pirates of the Mediterranean
  • HIME 2001: History of the Middle East and North Africa, 500-1500
  • HIME 3192: From Nomads to Sultans: The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1730
  • HIME 4511: Tourist, Pilgrim, Soldier, Spy: Travel and Travel-Writing in the Middle East & Mediterranean
  • HIME 5053: Slavery in the Middle East and the Ottoman Empire