Daniel Mahoney completed his Phd at the University of Chicago in 2014 with a thesis entitled, "The Political Landscape of the Dhamar Plain in the Central Highlands of Yemen during the Late Medieval and Early Ottoman Periods". He was a researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna for the project "Visions of Community: Comparative Approaches to Ethnicity, Region, and Empire in Christianity, Islam and Buddhism (400-1600 CE)" (2011-2019), as well as a research fellow at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg: History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517) at the Univeristy of Bonn (2018-2019).
Currently, at the University of Ghent, within the framework of the ERC-funded project “The Mamlukisation of the Mamluk Sultanate-II. Historiography, political order and state formation in the 15th-century Egypt and Syria”, he is investigating how historians actively participate in political discourses of the Cairo Sultanate with a focus on their selection of vocabularies and overall narrative strategies. This work incorporates digital approaches to explore a corpus of over eighty Arabic language texts from the 15th century.