Professor İlber Ortaylı is a leading Turkish historian. He obtained his doctorate from Ankara University, and completed his postgraduate studies at Chicago University with a thesis on Local Administration in the Tanzimat Period. In 1980 he was appointed professor of political science. Ortaylı served as visiting professor in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Princeton, Moscow, Rome, Munich, Strasbourg, Jannina, Sofia, Kiel, Cambridge, Oxford and Tunis. He was Chair of the Department of the History of Public Administration from 1989 until 2002, at the Faculty of Political Science, Ankara University. He taught history at Galatasaray University, Istanbul (2002-2004) and at Bilkent University, Ankara (2004-2005).
Professor Ortaylı is a member of the executive committee of the International Ottoman Studies Association and a member of the European Association of Iranian Studies. Since 2004, he is the President of the Topkapı Palace Museum.