Eleni Gara studied History and Archaeology at the University of Athens. She did post-graduate studies at the University of Vienna’s Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies and at the Institute for Oriental Studies, and earned her PhD degree from the University of Vienna in 2001. She was the Hannah Seeger Davis post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University’s Program in Hellenic Studies for the academic year 2001-02. She is a member of the Comité International d’Études Pré-ottomanes et Ottomanes, the Turkish Studies Association and the Etaireia Meletes Neou Ellenismou, and a member of the scientific advisory board of the project Historiography in Ottoman Europe (Ruhr-University Bochum). Her research and teaching activity focuses on the social history of the Ottoman Balkans and the Greek world in the early modern times. Her publications include a book on interreligious relations, an edited volume on popular protest and political participation, and articles on various topics of early modern Ottoman social and economic history.