2012 Upton Forum
2012 Upton Scholar
Timur Kuran, Professor of Economics and Political Science, and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University, will serve as Beloit College's 2012 Upton Scholar.
Professor Kuran’s research focuses on social change, including the evolution of preferences and institutions, and on the economic history and thought of the Middle East. His current projects include a study of the role that the region’s traditional institutions played in its poor performance as regards democratization. Among his publications are Private Truths, Public Lies: The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification (Harvard University Press); Islam and Mammon: The Economic Predicaments of Islamism (Princeton University Press); The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East (Princeton University Press); and a ten-volume tri-lingual edited work, Mahkeme Kayıtları Işığında Onyedinci Yüzyıl İstanbul’unda Sosyo-Ekonomik Yaşam / Socio-Economic Life in Seventeenth-century Istanbul: Glimpses from Court Records (İş Bank Publications).