Dr Natasha Wheatley

BA (Hons) Sydney MA MPhil PhD Columbia
ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ARC Laureate Research Program in International History

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

I am an historian of modern European and international history, with a specialization in nineteenth- and twentieth-century legal and intellectual history. My research explores the conceptual history of rights, sovereignty and legal personality, as well as the politics and practices of legal knowledge. My current book project, The Imperial Life of States: Time and Sovereignty in Central Europe traces the entanglement of constitutional and international law in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the afterlives of imperial law in the interwar international order. In recovering an untold history of the transfer of rights between old world orders and new, it draws Central European history into the global frame of new scholarship on legal pluralism, empire and quasi-sovereignty. I am also at work on a second project on the intellectual history of interwar international law that focuses on questions of legal subjectivity and personhood. Earlier research on the League of Nations’ mandate system has appeared in Past and Present and elsewhere.

I come to Professor Glenda Sluga’s ARC Laureate Research Program in International History from Columbia University, where I completed my PhD in History in 2015. In 2014, I was an Ernst Mach fellow at the University of Vienna, and I have also held DAAD research fellowships in Germany. I will be a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University Cambridge for the lent term 2017 thanks to the Brandon Research Fellowship in International Law.

Research interests

  • New approaches to legal history and the history of international law
  • Central European history
  • Histories of international order, internationalism and empire
  • Rights claims in world history
  • Time, temporality and historical epistemology

Teaching and supervision

  • Modern European History
  • Nineteenth and twentieth-century international history
  • Legal History

Current projects

In addition to the research projects mentioned above, I am co-editing the volume Time and Power (currently under review at University of Chicago Press) with Stefanos Geroulanos and Dan Edelstein. The volume explores the co-construction of temporal and political regimes. I am also at work on a volume on The League of Nations and the former Habsburg Lands together with Peter Becker.

Awards and honours

  • 2016 Brandon Research Fellowship, Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge
  • Paper selected for the 2016 Law and Humanities Junior Scholar Workshop (UCLA)
  • 2014-2015 Dissertation Write-Up Fellowship, Doris G. Quinn Foundation
  • 2013-2014 Ernst Mach Fellowship of the Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research
  • 2013 Dan David Prize Scholarship of the Dan David Foundation
  • 2013 Jerrold Seigel Fellowship of the New York Consortium for Intellectual and Cultural History
  • 2007 University Medal (History), University of Sydney

Select Research Grants

  • 2016 Humanities Travelling Fellowship from the Australian Academy of the Humanities
  • 2013 Society for Central European History Research Grant
  • 2011-2012 International Travel Fellowship, GSAS, Columbia University
  • 2008 DAAD Research Fellowship, Technische Universität, Berlin

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Wheatley, N. (2016). New Subjects in International Law and Order (forthcoming). In Patricia Clavin and Glenda Sluga (Eds.), Twentieth Century Internationalisms: A History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Wheatley, N. (2015). The Mandates System as a Style of Reasoning: International Jurisdiction and the Parceling of Imperial Sovereignty in Petitions from Palestine. In Andrew Arsan and Cyrus Schayegh (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates, (pp. 106-122). Abingdon: Routledge.

Journals

  • Wheatley, N. (2015). Mandatory Interpretation: Legal Hermeneutics and the New International Order in Arab and Jewish Petitions to the League of Nations. Past and Present: A Journal of Historical Studies, 227, 205-248.
  • Wheatley, N. (2013). The Compass of International History: Eric Hobsbawm and After. Journal of Modern European History, 11(4), 424-432.

2016

  • Wheatley, N. (2016). New Subjects in International Law and Order (forthcoming). In Patricia Clavin and Glenda Sluga (Eds.), Twentieth Century Internationalisms: A History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2015

  • Wheatley, N. (2015). Mandatory Interpretation: Legal Hermeneutics and the New International Order in Arab and Jewish Petitions to the League of Nations. Past and Present: A Journal of Historical Studies, 227, 205-248.
  • Wheatley, N. (2015). The Mandates System as a Style of Reasoning: International Jurisdiction and the Parceling of Imperial Sovereignty in Petitions from Palestine. In Andrew Arsan and Cyrus Schayegh (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the History of the Middle East Mandates, (pp. 106-122). Abingdon: Routledge.

2013

  • Wheatley, N. (2013). The Compass of International History: Eric Hobsbawm and After. Journal of Modern European History, 11(4), 424-432.

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