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.
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.
- I'm running an ongoing undergraduate project digitizing the full content of the Egyptian Gazette for the years 1905-1906.
- In spring 2021, I taught a graduate course on computational methods in the humanities.
- I have posted various other materials on github and on the datasets section of my personal website.
- 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. In fall 2021, I will teach an introductory course in Middle East history (ASH 1044) and the Digital Microhistory Lab (IDS 2681). In spring 2022, I will teach Middle East Research (ASH 3230) and Legal history of the Middle East (ASH 3930). Syllabi for previous courses are here.
Past semesters: Schedule and Readings
Identifying with Nationality: Europeans, Ottomans, and Egyptians in AlexandriaNationality is the most important legal mechanism sorting and classifying the world's population today.