K.A. received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and has also studied in Egypt, Morocco and Turkey. In her dissertation, she plans to situate the life and works of Celveti Sufi shaykh Ismail Hakki Bursevi (d. 1725) in the history of Ottoman Sufism and intellectual history. Kameliya's research interests include Islamic philosophy and metaphysics, mirror for princes literature and the relationships between religious movements and political authorities.