Colin Heywood was born in Hull, and was educated in Hull and at at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (B.A. (Hons.) 1961; PhD 1970). He has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles (1965, 1967-8); the University of Michigan (1967-8, 1969-71), and Tufts University, Boston (1971-4); subsequently at SOAS, from 1974 to his retirement in 1999. He has been a visiting Professor at Princeton University (2000), the University of Chicago (2005, 2006) and the University of Cyprus (2006-7). He now lives in his native town and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Maritime Historical Studies Centre, University of Hull.
Apart from his interests in Ottoman history, he is currently working on aspects of the history of English shipping in the Mediterranean in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Some recent publications are: ‘The English in the Mediterranean, 1600- 1630: A Post-Braudelian Perspective on the ‘Northern Invasion’, in Maria Fusaro, Colin Heywood and Mohamed-Salah Omri (eds.), Trade and Cultural Exchange in the Early Modern Mediterranean, London, 2010; ‘The “Economics of Uncertainty”?: The French Community in Cyprus at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century’, in: Andrekos Varnava, Nicholas Coureas and Marina Elia (eds), The Minorities of Cyprus: Development Patterns and the Internal Exclusion, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2009, 26-51; ‘Fernand Braudel and the Ottomans:The Emergence of an Involvement (1928-50)’ Mediterranean Historical Review, xxiii/2 (Dec. 2008), 165-184, and ‘A Frontier without Archaeology? The Ottoman Maritime Frontier in the Western Mediterranean, 1660-1760’, in: Papers from a British Academy Workshop on ‘The Frontiers of the Ottoman World: Fortifications, Trade, Pilgrimage and Slavery’, 15-16 February 2007, ed. A. C. Peacock, Proceedings of the British Academy clvi (2009), 493-508.
An edited volume of the late Professor Paul Wittek’s Rise of the Ottoman Empire appeared in 2012, and two volumes of his own collected studies in 2013. An edition of the unpublished sea-journal of a voyage to the Levant in 1696-8 by the ship’s surgeon John Looker is in hand for the Hakluyt Society, as is a general history of the Ottoman Empire for Princeton University Press.
- The Ottoman World, the Mediterranean, and North Africa, 1660-1760 (London: Ashgate, 2013)
- Ottomanica and Meta-Ottomanica. Studies in and around Ottoman history, 13th-18th centuries (Istanbul, Isis Press, 2013)
- (with Maria Fusaro and Mohamed-Salah Omri), Trade and Cultural Exchange in the Early Modern Mediterranean: Braudel's Maritime Legacy (London: I. B. Tauris, 2010).
- (edited, with an Introduction), The Rise of the Ottoman Empire: Studies in the History of Turkey, 13th-15th Centuries, by Paul Wittek (London: Routledge, 2010, Royal Asiatic Society Publications, 2012).
Articles in collective works:
- 'The "Economics of Uncertainty"?: The French Community in Cyprus at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century'. In: Andrekos Varnava, Nicholas Coureas and Marina Elia (eds), The Minorities of Cyprus: Development Patterns and the Internal Exclusion, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009, pp. 26-51. ISBN 1-4438-0052-X.
- 'A Frontier without Archaeology? The Ottoman Maritime Frontier in the Western Mediterranean, 1660-1760'. In: A.C.S. Peacock (ed.), The Frontiers of the Ottoman World (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2009; Proceedings of the British Academy, clvi), 493-508. ISBN 978-0-19-726442-3.
- 'The English in the Mediterranean, 1600-1630: A Post-Braudelian Perspective on the 'Northern Invasion', in Fusaro, Heywood and Omri (eds), Trade and Cultural Exchange in the Early Modern Mediterranean, pp. 23-44.
- 'Microhistory / Maritime History: Aspects of British Presence in the Western Mediterranean in the Early Modern Period', in: Albrecht Fuess and Bernard Heyberger (eds), La Fronti`ere m'editerran'eenne du 15e au 17e si`ecle: 'Echanges, circulations et affrontements (Colloque international, Universit'e de Tours, 17 au 20 juin 2009) (Turnhout: Br'epols, 2013), 83-111.
- 'Standing on Hasluck's shoulders: Another look at Francesco Lupazzolo and his Aegean Isolario (1638)', in David Shankland (ed.), Archaeology, Anthropology and Heritage in the Balkans and Anatolia: The Life and Times of F. W. Hasluck (1878-1920), vol. 3 (Istanbul: Isis Press, 2013), 349-375.
- 'Spectrality, 'Presence' and the Ottoman Past: Paul Wittek's Rumt"urkische Studien and other Ghosts in the Machine', in Feridun M. Emecen, Ishak Keskin and Ahmet Alibeyoglu (eds.), Osmanli'nin Izinde: Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ipsirli Armagani (Istanbul: Timas, 2013), 57-78.
Articles in refereed journals:
- 'Fernand Braudel and the Ottomans:The Emergence of an Involvement (1928-50)' Mediterranean Historical Review, xxiii/2 (2008), pp. 165-184.
- 'Mehmed II and the Historians: Babinger's Mehmed der Eroberer during fifty years (1953-2003)'. Turcica (Paris), xl (2008 [2009 published]), pp. 295-344.
- 'Work in Progress?: William III's Ostpolitik after Forty Years', Dutch Crossing. A Journal of Low Countries Studies, xxxi/2 (Winter, 2007 [published May 2008]), pp.183-204.
- 'Beyond Braudel's "Northern Invasion"? Aspects of the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Fish Trade in the Early Seventeenth Century', International Journal of Maritime History, xxvi/2 (May 2014), 193-209.