Tijana Krstic is a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire and its place in and connections with the wider early modern world. She is interested in social, cultural and religious history, especially in circulation of texts, artifacts, people and religio-political concepts across imperial, cultural and confessional boundaries. Her first project explored how various Ottoman Muslim and Christian authors narrated the phenomenon of conversion to Islam in the empire's formative period, between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. It resulted in the book entitled Contested Conversions to Islam: Narratives of Religious Change and Communal Politics in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire (Stanford University Press, 2011). Subsequently, in several articles she turned towards the early modern Mediterranean to study the experiences of Morisco refugees to the Ottoman Empire in the context of Ottoman-Habsburg relations and broader early modern religio-political developments. Currently, she is the Primary Investigator on the project entitled "The Fashioning of a Sunni Orthodoxy and the Entangled Histories of Connfession Building in the Ottoman Empire, 15th-17th Centuries" (OTTOCONFESSION), which is funded by the European Research Council's Consolidator Grant, 2015-2020.
Prior to coming to CEU, Tijana Krstic taught at Penn State University's Department of History and Religious Studies Program (2006-09) and at Northwestern University's Department of History as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (2004-06).