Firat is from Istanbul, Turkey. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago and received a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Linguistics. His interests are in Ottoman and Turkish history, politics, and the languages of the Middle East. Since Turkish is his mother tongue, he wants to explore surrounding languages and their historical content. In light of this, he has been studying Ottoman Turkish, Persian, Arabic, and Kurdish in recent years. He remains connected to his training in software development and digital humanities and hopes to get into the realm of digital Ottoman Studies while pursuing his MA at CMES. Post graduation, he plans on continuing to a PhD in this or a related field.