Sinem Erdoğan İşkorkutan earned her Ph.D. from Boğaziçi University Department of History in September 2017. Her research focuses on the early modern Ottoman visual culture and Ottoman cultural history. Her PhD thesis presented the first comprehensive monograph on an Ottoman imperial festival and it was awarded with the Boğaziçi University Scientific Research Fund Doctoral Dissertation Award.
She received grants and scholarships from several institutions including TUBITAK (The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), ARIT (American-Turkish Research Institute in Turkey), the Boğaziçi University Research Fund, The Barakat Trust, and The Istanbul Research Institute. In 2017 she co-convened an international symposium on Ottoman celebrations and festivals at Yale University.
In 2019 she co-edited a themed special volume at the Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (JOTSA), where the proceedings of this symposium were published. Her articles appeared in the Medieval History Journal, the Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, the Journal of Ottoman Studies, and most recently in Muqarnas. She is the author of book, The 1720 Imperial Circumcision Celebrations in Istanbul: Festivity and Representation in the Early Eighteenth Century, published by Brill.