Tyler Kynn
Assistant Professor
Office Information
Ebenezer D. Bassett Hall
216 05
2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Or by appointment

Tyler Kynn is an Assistant Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University. His research explores the hajj, pilgrimage to Mecca, in the early modern world, examining both narrative and archival material related to questions of Ottoman sovereignty and power in Arabia. He is also one of the co-creators of The Hajj Trail, a classroom tool and digital simulation of the seventeenth-century hajj journey sourced from early modern travel and pilgrimage narratives and recently featured by The Economist. His current research project is entitled A Season for Empire: The Hajj in the Early Modern World. He completed his BA in History at the University of Minnesota, his MA in History at Central European University, and his Ph.D. in History at Yale University. He is interested in the history of early modern empires, sovereignty, mobility, identity formation, and the intersection of digital history and gaming. Tyler also contributes as a Research Team Member at the Medieval and Early Modern Orients (MEMO) blog and as a Contributor at the Digital Orientalist blog. You can find his tweets @KynnTyler.

  • PhD - History, Yale University, 2020
  • MA - History, Central European University, 2014
  • BA - History, University of Minnesota: Twin Cities, 2012
Areas of Expertise

Ottoman History

Gunpowder Empires (Mughal, Safavid, Ottoman)

Modern Middle East

Digital History

Digital Humanities

History of Mobility

Hajj Pilgrimage

History of Coffee

Global Piracy

Publications, Research & Presentations

Selected Publications


“Pirates and Pilgrims: The Plunder of the Ganj-i Sawai, the Hajj, and a Mughal Captain’s Perspective," Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (JEHSO).(March,2021).


"Encounters of Islam and Empire: The Hajj in the Early Modern World." Yale University, 2020.


Selected Recent Presentations:


Invited Presentations

"On the Road to Mecca: Simulating the Ottoman Hajj," at CESTA Seminar Series, Stanford University, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis, May 17, 2022.

"Between Empire and Sacred Space: Mecca as a Global Space in the Early Modern World," at the Mecca: The Lived City Symposium, Harvard University, May 3rd 2019.

Conference Presentations

"Rumis of Arabia: The Categorization of Difference and Rumi Identity in the Early Modern Hijaz", European University Institute, Conference: The Making and Unmaking of Identities in the Early Modern Mediterranean, Spring 2022.

"Bringing Banat into the Islamic World: The Romanian Peasant and the Bukharan Sufi" Middle Eastern Studies Association Annual Meeting, Online, December 1st, 2021.Panel: New Perspectives on Early Modern Ottoman History.

"Imagining Space: A Mughal Pilgrim's Encounter with Empire and the Islamic World," at the Narrating the Hajj Conference at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, December 2019.

"The Seasonal Empire: Ottoman Authority in the Early Modern Harameyn," Middle Eastern Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana November 2019. [Co-Organized Panel: Pious Encounters with Empire]

"Producing Subjects, Consuming Empire: Ottoman Patronage and Imperial Stipends in Seventeenth-Century Mecca and Medina," AUK Gulf Studies Symposium, Kuwait City, Kuwait, March 2019.


"A Digital Hajj: Historical Simulations, Twine, and the Making of the Hajj Trail," Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Forthcoming – December 2nd, 2022. Panel: New Trajectories for the Digital Humanities and Ottoman Studies.

Memberships & Affiliations

Middle Eastern Studies Association

Medieval and Early Modern Orients Blog

Digital Orientalist Blog

Courses Taught

The Modern Middle East

The Ottomans: Islam and Empire

Gaming and History

Piracy and Global History

The History of Coffee: Research Methods

The Gunpowder Empires of the Islamic World

Digital History

World History Survey Courses