Kaya Şahin named vice provost for global strategies and international affairs

From the Provost — August 24, 2023

Kaya Şahin named vice provost for global strategies and international affairs

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to share that Kaya Şahin, PhD, will join The Ohio State University as our next vice provost for global strategies and international affairs, effective Nov. 1.

Kaya will be responsible for leading Ohio State’s continuing efforts to develop and implement an evolving global strategy in collaboration with students, faculty, and staff. The Office of International Affairs provides leadership and coordination for Ohio State’s international engagement, including through Area Studies Centers; Global Education; Global Gateways in Brazil, China, and India; the Global One Health initiative; international partnerships; and support for international students and scholars.

Currently, Kaya serves at Indiana University (IU) as executive associate dean of the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, which includes four departments and 22 centers, institutes, and programs. In this role, he has been involved in campus and curriculum internationalization, global academic mobility, academic partnerships, and local and international engagement. Kaya served previously as academic director of IU’s Eurasia Gateway, where he worked to enhance academic and institutional relations between IU and potential partners within the region.

Kaya has been a member of IU’s Department of History for more than a decade, with adjunct appointments in Central Eurasian Studies and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. He served as director of Renaissance Studies and Islamic Studies, and as member of the Indiana University Press Faculty Board.

His global perspective is built on his academic, administrative, and personal experiences. Kaya has spent the past two decades establishing research collaborations with individuals and institutions from around the world. As a historian of the Ottoman Empire, Kaya has emphasized comparative, regional, and global perspectives in his publications.

Kaya earned a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, an MA in history from Sabancı University, and a BA in political science and international relations from Boğaziçi University. He previously spent eight years at the French-language Lycée de Galatasaray.

He will take his leadership role at Ohio State as outgoing Vice Provost for Global Strategies and International Affairs Gil Latz prepares to retire at the end of December. We very much appreciate Gil’s service to Ohio State and the Office of International Affairs during his tenure, as well as the diligent work of the search advisory committee members.

Please join us in welcoming Kaya to Ohio State.


Ryan J. Schmiesing
Senior Vice Provost for External Engagement

Melissa L. Gilliam
Executive Vice President and Provost