Ryan Gingeras

Ryan Gingeras

Formal First Name

Ryan Gingeras is a Professor in the Department of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, and historian of the late Ottoman Empire. At NPS, he has participated and contributed to research and executive education projects on behalf of the Department of State, Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. Ryan is an expert on Turkish, Balkan, and Middle East history, and has authored numerous books on Turkish history and culture. His current research assumes a much broader range of history of eastern Mediterranean. He is currently working on a full-length manuscript exploring the history of drug trafficking and organized crime in the Middle East between 1930 and 1980. Ryan has published on a wide variety of topics related to history and politics in publications such as Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Journal, Iranian Studies, Diplomatic History, Past & Present, and Journal of Contemporary European History.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • The Last Days of the Ottoman Empire 1918-1922 (2022)

  • Eternal Dawn: Turkey in the Age of Atatürk (2019)

  • Fall of the Sultanate: The Great War and the End of the Ottoman Empire 1908-1922 (2016)

  • Mustafa Kemal Ataturk: Heir to the Empire - The World In A Life (2015)

  • Heroin, Organized Crime, and the Making of Modern Turkey (2014)

  • Sorrowful Shores: Violence, Ethnicity, and the End of the Ottoman Empire 1912-1923 (2009)


  • Sorrowful Shores received short list distinctions for the Rothschild Book Prize in Nationalism.

  • Sorrowful Shores was also short-listed for the Ethnic Studies and the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize.