I studied at the Universities of Saskatchewan, Toronto, Jordan, and Oxford before taking my doctorate at Princeton. I am currently on sabbatical, working on a new book about Cairo and Istanbul as capitals of international law in a period roughly between 1870 and 1920.
My first book, Identifying with Nationality: Europeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians in Alexandria (Columbia University Press, 2017), traces the emergence of nationality as a social and legal category between 1880 and 1914.
My latest published essay is “Unlocking Islamic Names,” in Studying the Near and Middle East at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 1935-2018, ed. Sabine Schmidtke (Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias Press, 2018), 276–83.
- I'm running an ongoing undergraduate project digitizing the full content of the Egyptian Gazette for the years 1905-1906.
- I am developing a digital humanities tool called Prosop, for which I received an NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant in 2011.
- I have posted various other materials on github.
- I was previously a fellow of the Rechtskulturen program (2012-13) and the Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History (2011), and associate editor (book reviews, non-Americas) of the Law and History Review.
I teach courses on Egypt, the Middle East, digital history, and socio-legal history. During the 2018 - 19 academic year, I am on sabbatical.
Past semesters: Schedule and Readings
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