Ümit is a PhD student on the Ancient History track. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in History from Boğaziçi University. His current research interests focus broadly on two different, though closely related, subjects. His first area of research focuses on the ancient economies of the eastern Mediterranean, particularly the intersections of fiscal policies, monetary regimes, and the issues of property. The second one is the making of the social stratification systems, with a special emphasis on their institutional underpinnings and transformations.