Dr Ian Bruce

Dr Ian Bruce Coller

Senior Lecturer

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Archaeology and History

DMB E101, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA (Hons) Melb; PhD Melb



Membership of professional associations

Australian Historical Association, American Historical Association, Society for French Historical Studies, George Rudé Society

Area of study


Brief profile

Dr Ian Coller joined the department in 2011, after extensive undergraduate teaching at the University of Melbourne. His book Arab France: Islam and the Making of Modern Europe 1798-1831, based on his PhD research, was published by The University of California Press in 2010, and was the recipient of the W.K. Hancock Award of the Australian Historical Association. He was the recipient of an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2007-2011, and the AEUIFAI fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence in 2011. He is currently working on an ARC funded project on “Europe, Islam and Modernity: The French Revolution and the Muslim World 1789-1799.” In 2013 he was Maître de Conférences Invité at the University of Paris 8.

Research interests

European History

- Europe and the Muslim world

- The French Revolution and the global history of the Revolutionary age

Teaching units

  • HIS2NCA:  Nations, Empires and Citizens
  • FRE2FRF:  France in Film: The Invention of France 1789-1919 (Also a History unit)

Recent publications


  • Ian Coller, Arab France: Islam and the Making of Modern Europe 1798-1831, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2010

Book Chapters

  • “Ottomans on the Move: Hassuna D’Ghies and the “New Ottomanism” of the 1830s” in Constantina Zanou & Maurizio Isabella (eds) Mediterranean Diasporas (Bloomsbury, in press)

  • “The French Revolution and the Islamic World of the Middle East and North Africa” in Alan Forrest and Matthias Middell (eds) The Routledge Companion to the French Revolution in World History (Routledge, in press)

  • “Barbary and Revolution: France and North Africa in the Revolutionary Era” in Patricia Lorcin and Todd Shepard (ed.) French Mediterraneans: Transnational and Imperial Histories (University of Nebraska Press: in press)

  • "The Republic of Marseille and the Making of Imperial France” in Philip Whalen and Patrick Young (eds) Place and Locality in Modern France (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014) 3-14.

  • “Egypt in the French Revolution” in Lynn Hunt, Suzanne Desan & William Nelson (eds) Globalizing the French Revolution (Cornell University Press, 2013), 220-247.

  • “The Revolutionary Mediterranean” in Peter McPhee (ed.) The Blackwell-Wiley Companion to the French Revolution (Blackwell Wiley: 2013), 419-434.

  • “Les Musulmans français et les politiques d’Islam dans l’Europe post-révolutionnaire," in Jocelyne Dakhlia et Bernard Vincent (eds) Les Musulmans dans l’histoire de l’Europe 1: Une intégration invisible, (Paris: Albin Michel, 2011), 101-142.

  • "Cosmopolitanism and Extraterritoriality: Europeans in 18th Century Turkey," in Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp (ed.)Europa und die Türkei im 18. Jahrhundert / Europe and Turkey in the Eighteenth Century. Grenzüberschreitungen in kosmopolitischer Zeit (Bonn: V&R Unipress, 2011), 205-218.

  • "Race and Slavery in the Making of Arab France" in Richard Bessel, Nicholas Guyatt and Jane Rendall (eds) War, Empire and Slavery, 1770-1830, (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), 61-80.

  • “Pratiques de voyage et mobilités arabes dans la France de l’Empire et de la Restauration,” Nicolas Bourguinat (ed.) Voyager en Europe de Humboldt à Stendhal: Contraintes nationales et tentations cosmopolites 1790-1840, (Paris: Nouveau Monde, 2007)

Journal Articles

  •  “African Liberalism in the Age of Empire? Hassuna D’Ghies and Liberal Constitutionalism in North Africa” Modern Intellectual History  12 (2015):1–25

  • “Rousseau’s Turban: Entangled Encounters of Europe and Islam in the Age of Enlightenment ” Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques 40 (2014): 56-77

  • “Citizen Chawich: Arabs, Islam and Rights in the French Revolution” French History and Civilization 5 (2014): 42-52

  • “East of Enlightenment: Regulating Cosmopolitanism between Istanbul and Paris in the Eighteenth Century," Journal of World History 21 (2010): 447-470

  • “Arab France: Mobility and Community in Early Nineteenth Century Paris and Marseille,” French Historical Studies, Special Issue “Mobility in French History” 28 (2006): 433-456