Markus Koller studied Southeastern European History, History and Culture of the Near and Middle East, Turcology and Ancient History at the University of Munich. He defended a PhD at the Ruhr University in Bochum with a dissertation about violence in 18th-century Bosnia and finished his post-doctoral dissertation (Habilitation) on the late Ottoman rule in Hungary. His books and articles focus on the social history of the Ottoman Balkans as well as the cultural and political relationships between the early modern European states and the Ottoman Empire. Since 2011 he holds a professorship in History of the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and since 2016 he is director of the Centre for Mediterranean Studies in Bochum. Koller conducted various research projects (mainly funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) about Ottoman-Venetian diplomatic relations and military conflicts in the Mediterranean.