Mehmet Şakir Yılmaz studied Ottoman history at Bilkent University after graduating from Political Science department of Middle East Technical University. He obtained MA. Degree with thesis on early Ottoman political thought and received Ph.D. degree with a dissertation on the development of16th century Ottoman bureaucracy in the light of prominent historian and bureaucrat Celalzade Mustafa Çelebi. He worked as TİKA Program Coordinator in Ukraine between 2007-2010, where among other things he contributed to the organization of Turkish language courses for foreigners. He has taught Ottoman Turkish, history of Ottoman institutions and history of Central Asia in the history department of Istanbul 29 Mayıs University between 2010-2017. He continues to research on Ottoman political thought by examining and comparing various texts produced by Ottoman officials, scholars, poets and men of letters, which express different aspects of the Ottoman political understanding.