Cornell Fleischer is a historian specializing in the intellectual and political organization of Islamic Middle Eastern and Ottoman society.
His teaching, writing, and interpretations have affected the study of Ottoman civilization and its place in the premodern Islamic world. He is the author of a pioneering work of Ottoman intellectual history, Bureaucrat and Intellectual in the Ottoman Empire: The Historian Mustafa Ali(1541-1600) (1986). His forthcoming book, A Mediterranean Apocalypse: Imperialism and Prophecy, 1453-1566, deals with the interaction of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish apocalypticisms in the formation of the early-modern world of the Mediterranean. Fleischer is also completing a study of changes in social and intellectual orientation in the Ottoman Empire of the fifteenth century.
Fleischer is the Kanuni Suleyman Professor of Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies in the Departments of History and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1993. He taught previously at Washington University in St. Louis (1982-1993) and also held visiting professorships at the University of California, Berkeley, and Ohio State University.
Fleischer received an A.B. (1972), an M.A. (1976), and a Ph.D. (1982) from Princeton University.