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Firat Ciftci has bachelor’s degrees in both computer science and linguistics and a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies, all from the University of Chicago. He is an experienced coder, familiar with multiple programming languages, and works with other members of the Forum for Digital Culture’s technology team to develop software for computational research in the humanities. He also teaches the Digital Studies core course “Introduction to Computer Programming with Python” (Autumn).
Firat is bilingual in English and Turkish and also knows Arabic, Persian, Uzbek, and Kurdish. Among other projects, he is involved in the Ottoman Inscriptions Project, which is compiling a database of more than 800 historic buildings with more than 1,200 inscriptions in Turkey, Greece, and Egypt.