Isabel Lachenauer is a PhD candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, where she specializes in the literature and cultural history of late medieval Anatolia.
Her research, including her dissertation "And Artūḫı Wept: The Interplay of Gender and Emotion in Dānişmendnāme," encompasses the study of emotions and their intersections with masculinity in Old Anatolian Turkish chivalric and epic romance. Other research interests include translations of Persian romances into Old Anatolian Turkish in the fourteenth century, especially the Quintent of Nizami Ganjavi.
Isabel was an American Research Institute in Turkey Summer Fellow for Advanced Turkish language study at Boğaziçi University in 2016 and a Foreign Language and Area Studies scholar for Turkish (2017) and Persian (AY 2017-18). She received her MA (Hons) Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of St Andrews in 2013 and MSc Advanced Arabic from the University of Edinburgh in 2014.