Diane Robinson-Dunn

Associate Professor of History

Diane Robinson-Dunn
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 316
Phone: 313-993-1107
Diane Robinson-Dunn
Areas of Expertise:
History of the British Empire - Middle East
History of Europe


  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook


A member of the faculty since 2001, Diane Robinson-Dunn is a historian and scholar who specializes in the British Empire, more specifically the study of transnational, cross-cultural movements that developed in the context of imperial expansion in the Middle East and South Asia during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She is interested especially in Orientalisms and relationships between Muslims and non-Muslims in these contexts. She received her Ph.D. from Stony Brook University and studied Arabic at the Arabic Language Institute, American University in Cairo.

Her first book The Harem, Slavery and British Imperial Culture published in English by Manchester University press in 2006 and 2014 and in French, Le harem, l’esclavage et la culture impériale britannique: Les relations anglo-musulmanes à la fin du XXe siècle, by Les Presses Pluridisciplinaires de L’Université Grenoble Alpes in 2018 explores the national and gender politics surrounding the British antislavery movement in Egypt and new Muslim communities in England, 1870-1900.  Her second and current book-length project is entitled
 “Universalist religious movements and nationalist debates: Bahá’ís, Muslims, and Jews in Britain’s eastwardly expanding empire during the first world war.” 

Other publications include the introduction to Lucie Duff Gordon’s Letters from Egypt (Gorgias Press, 2010) ; “‘Fairer to the Ladies and of Benefit to the Nation’: William Henry Quilliam on reforming English society by Islamizing gender relationships,” in Victorian Muslim: Abdullah Quilliam and Islam and the West (Oxford University Press, 2017) and “French and English Orientalisms and the study of slavery and abolition in North Africa and the Middle East: what are the connections” in Slavery in the Islamic World its Characteristics and Commonality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

She is a lifetime member and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a member and contributor to le Groupe de recherche Achac and is the faculty leader and director of the university’s international experience in India.