Professor Cuthell is the Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies in Washington D.C.
He was born in Manila and raised in Istanbul and Washington D.C. He attended Phillips Academy and Yale, graduating in 1975. He received his MBA from Columbia University in 1979 and worked in the capital markets in New York and London with Citibank and Morgan Stanley as well as Managing Director of mortgage securities at Mabon Securities.
After leaving Wall Street, Dr. Cuthell returned to Columbia and received his PhD in History in 2005. His research at Columbia focused on the 19th century immigration of Muslims from the Caucasus and the Crimea and their role in transforming late Ottoman Anatolia. Dr. Cuthell has taught at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey where he headed the Turkish, Middle East and Central Asian Studies Program from 2000 through 2004. In addition to the Institute of Turkish Studies, he also is a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the Middle East Institute at Columbia University and is a Visiting Adjunct at Georgetown University. Dr. Cuthell is a member of the Advisory Board of the Middle East Institute, a Trustee of Robert College in Istanbul and a Trustee of Paul Smith College in the Adirondaks.