SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Theodore Charles

BA (Pacific Lutheran University) MA (University of Idaho)
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Theodore Charles
Theodore Charles
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Theodore Charles has a background in cultural anthropology, archaeology, and photojournalism. He grew up north of Seattle in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. During his MA, he utilized Global Imaging Systems to analyze the spatial organization of saloons and brothels on the landscape of a small mining town in Idaho. Following the completion of his Masters, he received a Fulbright Grant to teach and research food traditions in Turkey. While living in Turkey, Theodore was a writer and photographer for Culinary Backstreets, exploring hyper-local cuisine and its history. His photography has been featured in numerous publications and social media accounts. Theodore is currently living in London while pursuing his PhD.


Anthropology Lecturer - University of Idaho

English Lecturer - Trakya University

English Lecturer - Sinop University


  • Food
  • Memory
  • Nostalgia
  • Identity
  • Nationalism
  • Post-Ottoman States
  • Visual methods
  • Material culture
  • The Balkans