Department of History
West Chester University
404 Wayne Hall
Professor of History
History Department Chair
French Revolution and Napoleon; Modern France; Enlightenment; History of Britain; Modern European Intellectual and Cultural History; and Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies.
Although his research interests lie in the cultural and intellectual history of the late-Eighteenth Century, particularly in the era of the French Revolution and Napoleon, Dr. Hanley is currently working on a biography of one of Napoleon's more famous marshals, Michel Ney.
Winner of the American Historical Association's Gutenberg-e Prize for 2000 and listed in Who's Who among America's Educators, Wayne Hanley is an associate professor of history and chairperson of the department. He holds a doctorate in modern European history from the University of Missouri-Columbia (1998) with a specialty in Revolutionary France. He received his B.A. in history from the University of Missouri-Rolla (1985); M.A. in history from Central Missouri State University at Warrensburg, Missouri (1987); and M.A. in English from Central Missouri State University at Warrensburg, Missouri (1990). Prior to joining the faculty of West Chester University in Fall 2000, Dr. Hanley was an adjunct professor of history at the University of Missouri-Rolla and an assistant professor of history at Lincoln University (Missouri). He has presented numerous papers, authored The Genesis of Napoleonic Propaganda, 1796-1799 (Columbia University Press, 2005; e-book, 2003), and published a variety of articles on the French Revolution and Napoleon.