Ümit is a PhD student on the Ancient History track. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in History from Boğaziçi University. His MA thesis tackled the question of social mobility in fourth-century Athens and sketched a perspective incorporating capability approach into the historical study of social stratification and mobility.
His current research interests focus broadly on two different, though closely related, subjects. The first one is the study of subaltern groups in ancient Greece, as well as the systems and institutions that are responsible for the creation of subaltern and privileged groups. His second area of research focuses, again widely, on the economies of ancient Greece and the topics such as property and productive relations, labor history, monetization, banking and bankers.