Tyler Kynn is an Assistant Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University. His research explores the hajj in the early modern world, examining both narrative and archival material related to questions of Ottoman sovereignty and power in the Hijaz. He is also one of the co-creators of The Hajj Trail, a classroom tool and digital simulation of the seventeenth-century hajj journey coded via the Twine platform. He completed his BA in History at the University of Minnesota, his MA in History at Central European University, and his Ph.D. in History at Yale University. He is interested in the history of early modern empires, sovereignty, mobility, identity formation, and the intersection of digital history and gaming.