• Will Smiley is an assistant professor in the Humanities Program. He is a historian of the Middle East, Eurasia, the Ottoman Empire and international law. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, his J.D. from the Yale Law School, his master’s degree from the University of Utah and his bachelor’s degree from Hillsdale College. His first book, “From Slaves to Prisoners of War: The Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law“ (Oxford University Press, 2018), examines the emergence of rules of warfare surrounding captivity and slavery in the context of the centuries-long rivalry between two empires, the Ottoman and Russian, which defined the future of the Middle East and Eurasia. His other publications include articles in Law and History Review, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Journal of the History of International Law, Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, Journal of Ottoman Studies, Turkish Historical Review and International History Review. He comes to UNH from Reed College, where he was assistant professor of history and humanities, and he previously held fellowships in Near East Studies (Princeton University) and legal history (New York University).
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 The Other Muslim Bans: On the Irrelevance of State Legislation against ‘Islamic LawHarvard Series in Islamic Law Occasional Papers2019
    2018 Lawless Wars of Empire? The International Law of War in the Philippines, 1898–1903Law and History Review.  36:511-550. 2018


    Year Title
    2018 From Slaves to Prisoners of War The Ottoman Empire, Russia, and International Law 2018


    Year Title
    2019 Küçük Kaynarca 2019

    Other Research Activities

    Teaching Activities

  • Humanities & Law Taught course 2019
  • Introduction to Humanities Taught course 2019
  • Introduction to Humanities Taught course 2018
  • Introduction to Humanities Taught course 2018
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. History, Hillsdale College
  • B.S. Mathematics, Hillsdale College
  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • M.A. History, University of Utah
  • Ph.D. Middle East Studies, University of Cambridge
  • Full Name

  • Will Smiley