Will Hanley

PhD (Princeton 2007)
Associate Professor
Will Hanley.  (c) Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 2015 photographer: Andrea Kane

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Office Location
Bellamy 417
850 912 9143

I studied at the Universities of Saskatchewan, Toronto, Jordan, and Oxford before taking my doctorate at Princeton. I am currently working on a new book about Cairo and Istanbul as capitals of international law in a period roughly between 1870 and 1920.


Hanley, Identifying with Nationality

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.

Find the rest of my scholarship, including downloadable PDFs, in Zenodo's repositories or via my ORCID profile.

Digital history

  • 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.

Legal History


I teach courses on Egypt, the Middle East, digital history, and socio-legal history. During the 2018 - 19 academic year, I am on sabbatical.

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Research Interests
Middle East, Legal History, Digital Humanities
Research Interests
Middle East, Law, Digital History