Çağlar Keyder is a professor of sociology at the State University of New York in Binghamton and at Koç University in Istanbul. He completed his PHD at Berkeley University, California. He taught at Middle East Technical University until 1982. He retired from Boğaziçi University in 2014. He was a founding editor of the journal New Perspectives on Turkey and has served on several editorial boards, including the International Journal of Middle East Studies and Contemporary Sociology. He is a member of the Science Academy in Turkey. His research areas are political economy and sociology of law. In addition to these areas his work has focused on the historical sociology of Ottoman Empire/Turkey, on agrarian transformations, and on urban studies.