Bahadin Hawar Kerborani is a PhD student focusing on the history of the Ottoman Empire, Yezidis, and Kurds in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He examines the agency of local ethnic and religious groups and their responses to the reforms and developments of the era in Ottoman Kurdistan. He is also interested in the use of Kurdish written sources in the history of the MENA region. Kerborani earned his MA degree from the Department of History at Binghamton University (SUNY). He then studied Yezidi interactions with the Ottoman Empire through CMES at the University Chicago.