Olga is a PhD candidate at Tallinn University and is defending her dissertation in spring 2017. Her research focuses on religious minorities of the Ottoman Empire and the experiences of the Ottoman Christians during the state’s modernization process in the second part of the 19th century.
During different years of her studies, Olga made a research and participated in study activities in a number of universities in Turkey: the department of sociology of Istanbul University (2006-2007), department of history of Boğaziçi University (2011-2012), and the department of international relations of Kocaeli University (2014-2015).
Olga has taught different BA and MA courses on Turkish history and culture at Tallinn University, participated in international conferences and workshops, and published a number of articles.
In addition to her research on Turkey and the Middle East, Olga is interested in diaspora studies and conducts a research on the experiences of Turkic and Turkish diasporas in Estonia. At the same time, she works as a translator and interpreter and helps to organize cultural and business projects between Estonia and Turkey.