Ayfer Karakaya-Stump is an associate professor of history at William and Mary. She holds a Ph.D. in History-Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University (2008). Karakaya-Stump is the author of The Kizilbash/Alevis in Ottoman Anatolia: Sufism, Politics and Community (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019/2020). She has also published many scholarly articles and chapters on Alevi-Bektashi history, a selection of which appeared in a book entitled Vefailik, Bektaşilik, Kızılbaşlık: Alevi Kaynaklarını, Tarihini ve Tarihyazımını Yeniden Düşünmek (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2015; 3rd edition 2020). Her scholarly interests include social and cultural history of the Ottoman Empire, Ottoman-Safavid borderlands, Sufism, nonconformist religious movements, Kizilbash/Alevi-Bektashi communities, and women and gender in Islamic(ate) societies.