Dr Gavin Murray-Miller

Dr Gavin Murray-Miller

Lecturer in Modern European History

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

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Gavin Murray-Miller’s research has focused on nineteenth-century French politics, colonial North Africa and the origins of the French imperial nation-state. His publications have examined French culture and society in a trans-Mediterranean framework, noting the parallel development of nationalism and imperialism in the formation of French republican society. His work has explored a diverse range of themes, including French modernism, Orientalism, republican ideology and Algerian colonization. His most recent book The Cult of The Modern: Trans-Mediterranean France and The Construction of French Modernity was published by University of Nebraska Press in 2017.

Between 2011 and 2016 he also served as a researcher for the digital humanities project The People of The Founding Era launched by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The project brings together a combination of biographical and social data contained within the digitized editions of the Founding Fathers collection at the University of Virginia. The prosopographic database covers colonial America and the early republican period, providing a valuable resource for our understanding of the Atlantic world.

His latest work is concerned with themes of European cosmopolitanism and nationalism since the eighteenth century. At present, his research addresses empire and nation building in comparative contexts and the role that encounters with Islam have played in European identity politics during the long nineteenth century. He is equally engaged in research on European radicalism and transnational revolutionary movements, with a particular emphasis on the interrelationship between Europe, the Atlantic world and the Mediterranean.

Gavin's teaching consists of courses on transnational European history from 1789 to the present and revolutionary politics between the French and Russian revolutions in a global context.


Postdoctoral Fellow, Leibniz Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Mainz, Germany (2014)

École Normale Supérieure, Pensionnaire étranger (2009)

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg Stipendiat (2006)

Honours and awards

The Leibniz Institut für Europäische Geschichte, Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014), Mainz, Germany.

École Normale Supérieure Fellowship (2008), Paris, France.

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, Dumas Malone Research Fellowship (2008), United States.

Professional memberships

Society for French Historical Studies (editorial board)

American Historical Association

Society for The Study of French History

Speaking engagements

  • "Bonapartism in Algeria." Society for the Study of French History, Annual Conference. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. 26 June 2017.
  • "Outremer Europe: From Imperial Peripheries to a Global European History." Eigth Annual Symposium for the Research Network of the History of the Idea of Europe. University of East Anglia, Norwich. 14 June 2017.
  • “Muslim Empire or Muslim Nation?: Colonial Islam and the Mediterranean World, 1850-1914.” Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies. University of Exeter. 15 December 2016.
  • "Thinking Through The Imperial Nation-State: Nationalism and The Imperial Turn in The Twenty-First Century.” Russian State Academic University for the Humanities. Moscow. 11 May 2016.
  • “Reconciling Occident and Orient in Colonial Bosnia: The Habsburg ‘Civilizing Mission’ and Bosnian Islam, 1878-1918.” Views on “Savage Europe” Research Symposium. Cardiff University. 7 May 2016.
  • “Teaching National Histories in a Global Age: Diversifying Historical Narratives in The Classroom.” Teaching History in The Twenty-First Century Research Workshop. Institute of Historical Research. London. 19 March 2016.
  • "Nationalizing Empires, Nationalizing Muslims: Islam and the Imperial Nation-State in Nineteenth-Century Europe.” Colonial/Postcolonial New Researchers Workshop. Institute of Historical Research. London. 8 February 2016.
  • "Civilization, Modernity and Europe: The Making and Unmaking of a Conceptual Unity.” 22nd International Conference of Europeanists, Council of European Studies. Sciences Po. Paris. 9 July 2015.
  • "Framing Multi-Confessionalism: Tolerance, Religious Pluralism and Secularism in the Nineteenth Century." Society for French Historical Studies, Sixtieth Annual Conference. McGill University. Montreal. 24-26 April 2014.
  • "Not a Colony 'Properly Said': France, Algeria and the Making of Trans-Mediterranean France In the Nineteenth Century." Society for French Historical Studies, Fifty-Ninth Annual Conference. Harvard University/MIT, Cambridge. 4-6 April 2013.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • HS1749: Nations, Empires and Borderlands Since 1789
  • HS1887: Europe and the Revolutionary Tradition in the Long Nineteenth Century
  • HS1701: Approaches to History
  • HS1702: Examining Historical Debate
  • HS1801: Dissertation Supervision

Postgraduate Courses

  • HST932: Conflict and Community in Modern France

Research interests

Modern France

The French Colonial Empire

Nationalism and Citizenship Studies

The Global Nineteenth Century

The Age of Revolution and Radical Political Movements

European Islam and Multiculturalism