My Research

My current book manuscript The Ottoman Empire in French Foreign Policy (1547-1610) explores the Franco-Ottoman alliance during the sixteenth century and its place within France’s broader foreign policy prerogatives. It argues that Franco-Ottoman military and diplomatic cooperation was a central aspect of French foreign policy to counter Spain’s growing power. Historians have traditionally envisioned French foreign policy constricting significantly from the 1560s to the 1620s due to a series of religious civil wars. I demonstrate that when the Ottoman Empire is included in France’s foreign policy machinations, continuity rather than constriction characterizes France’s foreign policy of which the Ottoman Empire was an integral part. My book project explores the logistics and infrastructure France produced to maintain constant diplomacy with the Ottoman Empire, the social relationships between Frenchmen and Ottomans that fostered continuing the alliance, and the military and political cooperation their diplomacy produced. The French court and its diplomats thus treated the Islamic Ottoman Empire as a prominent member of its geopolitical community.

I am currently working on two articles. “Friends, Enemies, and Diplomacy in Constantinople: The French Embassay of Jacques de Germigny (1579-1584)” explores the personal and private nature of early modern diplomacy in the Ottoman Empire. “Henri III’s Diplomatic Geography: A Network Analysis” analyzes the diplomatic correspondence networks of Henri III of France using ArcGIS to explore the extent of France’s diplomacy during the Wars of Religion. This project is the beginning of a larger digital history project on Mapping France’s diplomatic geography during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.