Tijana Krstic is a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire and its place in and connections with the wider early modern world. She is interested in social, cultural and religious history, especially in circulation of texts, artifacts, people and religio-political concepts across imperial, cultural and confessional boundaries. Her first project explored how various Ottoman Muslim and Christian authors narrated the phenomenon of conversion to Islam in the empire's formative period, between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. It resulted in the book entitled Contested Conversions to Islam: Narratives of Religious Change and Communal Politics in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (Stanford University Press, 2011). Subsequently, in several articles she turned towards the early modern Mediterranean to study the experiences of Morisco refugees to the Ottoman Empire in the context of Ottoman-Habsburg relations and broader early modern religio-political developments. From 2015 to 2021 she was the Primary Investigator on the project entitled "The Fashioning of a Sunni Orthodoxy and the Entangled Histories of Connfession Building in the Ottoman Empire, 15th-17th Centuries" (OTTOCONFESSION), which was funded by the European Research Council's Consolidator Grant. As a result of this research, she co-edited with Derin Terzioglu the volume entitled Historicizing Sunni Islam in the Ottoman Empire, c. 1450-c. 1750 (Brill, 2020, Open Access) as well as Entangled Confessionalizations? Dialogic Perspectives on the Politics of Piety and Community-Building in the Ottoman Empire, 15th-18th Centuries (Gorgias Press, 2022), and published a number of articles (accessible here). Currently, she is a CEU representative on the Board of Directors of the Cluster of Excellence "Eurasian Transformations" (EurAsia), funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), and coordinates research and teaching with the Cluster partners.
Prior to coming to CEU, Tijana Krstic taught at Penn State University's Department of History and Religious Studies Program (2006-09) and at Northwestern University's Department of History as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-06).