Onur Ozturk - Columbia College Chicago

Onur Ozturk

Assistant Professor



Onur Öztürk is an Assistant Professor of Art History in the Art and Art History Department, primarily teaching art history, visual culture, and global awareness courses. Originally from Turkey, he received an M.Arch. degree in History of Architecture from the Middle East Technical University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Öztürk's research focuses on art and architecture, and archaeology of ancient and medieval Asia Minor, modern Turkey. His dissertation provided an in-depth study of the cults of divine rulers and urban transformation in Roman Asia.  His current project focuses on the funerary monuments of the female elite in Kayseri. He is the primary editor of the forthcoming book Deconstructing the Myths of Islamic Art (co-editors Xenia Gazi and Sam Bowker, Routledge, 2022). His most recent digital maps and architectural illustrations can be viewed in Penelope Davies' book Architecture and Politics in Republican Rome (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Dr. Öztürk teaches global art history and visual culture courses including Art of Islam and Art and Ritual with a goal to build students' critical thinking skills and increase awareness of the historical and cultural diversity of our world.

Instructional Areas

Art of Islam; Art and Ritual; Global History of Architecture; Art as Spiritual and Social Practice; Introduction to Visual Culture; Art History Survey: Prehistoric to Modern.

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Roman Provincial Art and Architecture; Early Turkish Islamic Art and Architecture; Alevi Culture and Rituals; Art and Politics; Architectural Illustration; Digital Reconstruction; Art History Pedagogy


B.Arch, Architecture Middle East Technical University 2000
M.Arch, History of Architecture Middle East Technical University 2002
Ph.D., Art History University of Texas-Austin 2013