Will Hanley

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

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Bellamy 417
850 912 9143

I studied at the Universities of Saskatchewan, Toronto, Jordan, and Oxford before taking my doctorate at Princeton. My research examines categories used to describe Middle Eastern societies. During the fall of 2017 I will be a member at the Institute for Advanced Study, working on problems related to historical databases.


Hanley Identifying with NationalityMy 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 “What Ottoman nationality was and was not,” Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 3.2 (2016): 277-98. Find the rest of my scholarship, including downloadable PDFs, via my Zotero profile, at Zenodo's repositories, or via my ORCID profile.

Digital history

  • I have posted various materials on github.
  • 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.

Legal History


I teach courses on Egypt, the Middle East, digital history, and socio-legal history. In fall 2017, I am on leave. In spring 2018, I am teaching

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Research Interests
Middle East, Law, Digital History