Victoria Holbrook is currently a self-employed writer and translator. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. both in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. Holbrook was a professor at Ohio State University for nearly twenty years where she designed and taught courses in Turkish language and culture. Additionally, Holbrook has taught at Koç University, Bosphorus University, and Columbia University.
While at Ohio State, Holbrook built Turkish areas of studies at the University creating degree programs and course offerings, founding a Turkish and Persian video film library, and creating student and faculty exchange agreements with Ohio State and various Turkish universities.
Holbrook has received praise for her translation of The White Castle written by Orhan Pamuk. She has also drawn accolades from her book The Unreadable Shores of Love: Turkish Modernity and Mystic Romance, which won the Turkish Studies Association M. Fuat Köprülü Book Prize.