Arif Camoglu

Arif Camoglu
Assistant Professor of Literature


Arif Camoglu is an Assistant Professor of Literature at NYU Shanghai. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University. Camoglu's research and teaching focus is on the British and Ottoman literatures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, postcolonial criticism, translation studies, critical theory, and poetry and poetics. Before joining NYU Shanghai, he taught at Northwestern, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Colgate University. Camoglu's work has been recognized by awards such as the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and appeared in Comparative Literature Studies, European Romantic Review, and Modern Fiction Studies. His current book project, "Spectral Empire: Anglo-Ottoman Poetics of Sovereignty," brings Ottoman Turkish literary sources to the range of postcolonial scholarship and reconceptualizes empire in global Anglophone studies by attending to the historical-immaterial dimension of imperial sovereignty.


Select Publications

  • “‘Supreme in Ruin:’ Empire’s Afterlife in Romantic Encounters with Imperial Ruins.” European Romantic Review, 32.2 (2021): 145-61.

  • “Loving Sovereignty: Political Mysticism, Şeyh Galib and Giorgio Agamben.” Comparative Literature Studies, 58.1 (2021): 1-22. (Recipient of the 2020 A. Owen Aldridge Prize).

  • “Inter-imperial Dimensions of Turkish Literary Modernity.” MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, 64.3 (2018): 431-57.



  • PhD, Comparative Literary Studies
    Northwestern University, 2020

  • Graduate Certificate, Middle East North African Studies
    Northwestern University, 2019

  • Graduate Certificate, Critical Theory
    Northwestern University, 2018

  • MA, English
    Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014

  • BA, English
    Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

Research Interests

  • British and Ottoman Literatures of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

  • Postcolonial Studies 

  • Translation Studies 

  • Critical Theory