Dr Ali Coşkun Tunçer

Coşkun Tunçer joined the department as Lecturer in September 2013 and is now Associate Professor in Economic History. He received his PhD from the London School of Economics in 2011, after completing his BA, MSc and MPhil degrees in Turkey and Greece. Prior to joining UCL, he taught and worked as a researcher at the London School of Economics and the European University Institute.

His research focuses on the history of financial markets, the evolution of international financial and monetary institutions, and long-term economic change in the Middle East and Southeastern Europe. Coşkun is currently co-investigator on a British Academy-funded research project investigating sovereign debt in the first age of globalisation. His other recent projects investigate stock market development in the Middle East and housing wealth in the Ottoman Empire since the seventeenth century.

PhD supervision

Coşkun is interested in receiving PhD proposals from prospective students on global financial and economic history since 1700, and the economic history of the Eastern Mediterranean since 1600. More particularly he welcomes projects which fall broadly into the following themes:

  • Monetary and fiscal policies in emerging markets during the nineteenth century
  • Pre-1914 financial globalisation
  • Political economy of state finances, and financial history of the Ottoman Empire since 1600
  • State and economic development in the Middle East and the Balkans since 1600

Currently supervising: 

Tehreem Husain, 'Railway mergers in the early twentieth century: An exploratory study' (UCL Bartlett, with D'Maris Coffman).

Johannes Hartmann, 'The German Notgeld, 1914-1924' (UCL History).

Recently completed: Yasin Arslantas, 'Confiscation by the ruler: A study of the Ottoman practise of Müsadere, 1700s-1839' (LSE, 2017, with Tirthankar Roy).

Major publications

  • Sovereign Debt and International Financial Control: The Middle East and the Balkans, 1870-1914. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.

For a full list of publications, see Coşkun's Iris profile.


Coşkun is the co-investigator of Democracy, autocracy and sovereign debt: How polity shaped government-creditor relations in the first age of globalisation, a research project supported by the British Academy Newton Fund (2016-2019). Coşkun has been awarded funding from the UCL Global Engagement Fund for the collaborative project Housing and urban inequality in the Ottoman Empire, c.1500-1914; this is a collaborative project with Dr Gürer Karagedikli who is based at the History Department of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.

Media appearances

'Ottoman Encounters with Global Capital', Ottoman History Podcast, August 2016.


  • The City of London in the Age of Global Capital 1870-1914 (special subject) - on research leave 2020/21
  • History that Counts: Methods and Cases in Quantitative History (advanced seminar module) - on research leave 2020-21