Will Hanley

Will Hanley.  (c) Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 2015 photographer: Andrea Kane
PhD (Princeton 2007)
Assistant Professor
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I studied at the Universities of Saskatchewan, Toronto, Jordan, and Oxford before taking my doctorate at Princeton. My current research examines categories used to describe Middle Eastern societies.

Hanley Identifying with NationalityMy first book, Identifying with Nationality: Europeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians, traces the emergence of nationality as a social and legal category in Alexandria (Egypt) between 1880 and 1914. My aim is to understand how and when ordinary people began to identify themselves as Egyptians, Ottomans, foreigners, and the like. This research is based on documents produced by the city's police and its European consular courts. I teach courses on Egypt, the Middle East, and legal history.

Recent publications

Digital history

  • I am developing a digital humanities tool called Prosop, for which I received an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant in 2011.
  • I am an administrator of the American Historical Association's ArchivesWiki.

Legal History


In fall 2016, I am teaching

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Research Interests
Middle East, Law, Digital History