Junior Research Fellow in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

Peter Hill is an intellectual and social historian of the Arab world in the long nineteenth century. Currently a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, he is working on a book manuscript based on his D.Phil. thesis. The book deals with ideologies of 'civilisation' and utopian aspects of the cultural production of the Arab 'Renaissance' (Nahda), and their grounding in the social history of the Ottoman-Arab world. He has also published articles on the Arabic reception of European literature and Enlightenment thought and on Arab and Ottoman responses to European orientalist discourses, in scholarly journals such as Past & Present, PMLA and Intellectual History Review.

Peter teaches Middle Eastern history and Arabic literature at the University of Oxford, and is a member of the Romanticism and Eighteenth Century Studies at Oxford network and the Oxford Comparative Criticism and Translation programme. He has written on contemporary Arab politics for venues such as the Oxford Left Review, the Oxonian Review and Muftah magazine, and presented his research on the Ottoman History Podcast. Further details are available at https://oxford.academia.edu/PeterHill.


  • –present
    Junior Research Fellow in Oriental Studies, University of Oxford


  • 2016 
    University of Oxford, DPhil in Oriental Studies