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Faculty Bios - Dr. John Bragg

  • John Bragg
    Dr. John Bragg
    Assistant Professor 

    Email: jbragg@njcu.edu 
    Phone: (201) 200-2431
    Office: Professional Studies Building 329



    Ph.D. History, University of Wisconsin – Madison (2010)
    M.A. History, University of Wisconsin – Madison (2004)
    B.A. University of Evansville (1996)


    Dr. John K. Bragg is an assistant professor of History and Elementary and Secondary Education at New Jersey City University. He coordinates the Secondary Social Studies Program. His scholarly research follows the tenuous relationship between state and local society in the Middle East from ancient times to present.  He is currently producing a book on local government in the Middle East entitled Ottoman Notables and Participatory Politics: Tanzimat Reform in Tokat, 1839-1876. In it he examines the emergence of a new brand of participatory politics among small town merchants and notables of the region during the nineteenth century.  Other research interests include the integration of refugees into Middle Eastern societies, the use of folklore as a method of preserving community memory, and the deployment of mystical imagery in Turkish romance minstrel poetry. He has taught previously at the University of Wisconsin, Bradley University, and Ondokuz Mayis University in Samsun, Turkey.

    Selected Publications

    “Leyla and Majnun by Fuzuli,” in World Literature and Its Times: Middle Eastern Literature and Their Times, eds. David Galen and Joyce Moss (London: Thomson Gale, 2004): pp. 247-55.

    Ottoman Notables and Participatory Politics: Tanzimat Reform in Tokat, 1839-1876. (Forthcoming in 2014, Routledge – Taylor & Francis Group)

    “Local Representation and the Legacy of Ottoman Councils in Contemporary Middle Eastern Politics.” Paper in preparation to be delivered at the “Ready for Democracy? Religion and Political Culture in the Orthodox and Islamic Worlds” Conference, Indiana University, 28 February – 2 March 2013.

    "Sheikh ‘Ömer Lütfi and the Maladministration of Caucasian Refugees in Late Ottoman Zile." Paper in preparation to be delivered at the Fourth Turkish Studies Conference entitled “The Caucasus at the Imperial Twilight: Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Nation-Building from 1870s to 1920s,” Tbilisi, Georgia, 6-8 June 2013.