Neuere Geschichte

Dr. Ian Hathaway


Seminar für Neuere Geschichte
Wilhelmstraße 36
72074 Tübingen

Email: Ian.Hathawayspam
Telefon: 29-72386

Dienstzimmer: Hegelbau, 1. Stock, Raum 133


  • Early Modern Mediterranean
  • Mobility Studies
  • Cross-cultural Interactions
  • Early Modern Diplomacy
  • Italian and Ottoman History
  • Early Modern Global History
  • Comparative and Connected History
  • Historical Game Design and public outreach
  • Microhistory

Biographie und aktuelles Forschungsprojekt

I am a historian of the early modern Mediterranean, specializing in mobility, diplomacy, and cross-cultural interactions. I am currently conducting research and writing to complete my first monograph titled “Patenting Power: Travel, Diplomacy, and Coexistence in the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean”. This book project builds on my dissertation research on sixteenth-century mobility practices, in which I conducted a comparative study of thousands of portable travel instruments (patent letters and other letter types). Ultimately, the project argues that, though shared and recognizable mobility instruments certainly existed across the Mediterranean region, constant acts of micro diplomacy reshaped the role of these institutions continuously.

Besides my current research, I am also engaged in various historical public outreach projects. These include the podcast series Experiencing Epidemics and the development of a medieval tabletop role-playing game titled Il Tempo della Spada, soon to be published in Italy. These two projects channel a fundamental belief of mine: storytelling and, in the second case, play can be fundamental pedagogic tools capable of drawing people into a world of historical complexities that might remain otherwise obscure to them.

Preise und Stipendien

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Leibniz-Institut für Europäische Geschichte (IEG), January 2021-December 2021
  • Venetian Research Program Grant, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, was awarded in Fall 2020 and postponed to January 2022
  • Research Fellowship in Global History, Center for Global History, LMU München, Fall 2020
  • Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow, European University Institute, 2019-2020.
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Fulbright Fellowship for Independent Research in Turkey, 2016-17
  • Council of American Overseas Research Centers, Andrew W. Mellon Mediterranean Regional Research Fellowship, 2016-17


  • “Exceptional Papers for Exceptional Needs: Travel Patents, Identification, and Mobility in the Early Modern Mediterranean,” Journal of Early Modern History (published online ahead of print).
  • Book review of Luca Scholz’s Borders and Freedom of Movement in the Holy Roman Empire (Cromohs Cyber Review of modern historiography,
  • “Layers of Protection: a Comparative View of Safe-Conduct Arrangements from the Sixteenth-Century Mediterranean,” forthcoming in Turcica as part of a special issue on the Ottoman Capitulations co-edited by Pauline Guéna, Güneş Işıksel, Ian Hathaway, Ana Sekulić, and Tommaso Stefini
  • Experiencing Epidemics Podcast, co-editor, creator, and host (


Sommersemester 2023


Corsairs, Captives, and Conversions in the Early Modern Mediterranean
Mi., 16-18 Uhr c.t., Hegelbau, 5. OG, Bibliothek/Seminarraum 505,
Beginn: 19.04.2023

From the Iliad to Assassin’s Creed: History, Entertainment, and the Public’s Eye
Mi., 14-16 Uhr c.t., Hegelbau, 5. OG, Bibliothek/Seminarraum 505,
Beginn: 19.04.2023