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Derek Ryan Whaley is a PhD candidate at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. He is studying late medieval dynasticism within the Capetian dynasty. Whaley is also a researcher of local history in Santa Cruz, California (USA), where he published Santa Cruz Trains: Railroads of the Santa Cruz Mountains in March 2015. He also was an editor of and was published in Santa Cruz History Journal 7: Redwood Logging and Conservation in the Santa Cruz Mountains — A Split History, released in 2014, and he co-authored and assisted in transcription for a special issue of the San Diego Maritime Museum's Mains'l Haul journal in 2006. Whaley holds a BA in History from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA, and an MA in Early Modern History from Swansea University, UK.

Whaley is the founder of the Medieval Texts website.