My formal training as a historian began at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, gaining my doctorate on Irish political identity in Victorian Glasgow in 2003. I began working with the Open University in 2000 as an Associate Lecturer on module A221: State, Economy and Nation in 19th Century Europe, then from 2007 to 2017 on module A200: Exploring History: Medieval to Modern, 1400-1900. I am now currently teaching on module A225 The British Isles and the Modern World, 1789-1914 and on A326 Empire: 1492-1975.. I am a member of the British Association for Irish Studies and Economic History Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHist).
I have continued to develop my research expertise in Irishness in Scotland, publishing a number of articles on associational culture among Irish migrants in mid-Victorian Scotland and a monograph, The Experience of Irish Migrants to Glasgow, Scotland, 1863-1891: A New Way of Being Irish in June 2007.
Since 2008, I have also developed a research interest in comparative approaches to the study of migrants generally in 19/20thC Scotland, organising a conference in 2009, a follow-up journal special issue on ‘Migrants in Modern Scotland’ in 2013 and , in 2015, secured funding for a pilot project on ‘State Institutions and Migrants in Scotland, 1880-1914’. Recent publications include:' Scottishness and "Foreigners": The Role of a Developing Scottish "Machinery of Government" before 1939', vol.92, issue 256, Historical Research (2019), pp.410-31. Available online at: https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2281.12263.
Currently, I am an teaching on A225 The British Isles and the Modern World, 1789-1914 and on A326 Empire: 1492-1975..
The pressing reality of migration as a characteristic feature of modernity has motivated my attempts to stimulate debate among fellow historians, students and the public. Organising a ‘Migrants in Modern Scotland’ conference in 2009, initiating and editing a follow-up Immigrants and Minorities special issue in 2013, and presenting to a variety of conferences, workshops and public events such as a 2016 AHRC-funded study weekend,I've endeavoured to further an interest in Scotland’s connections with the wider world.
Recent Conference/Seminar Papers include :
'Managing Borders in the United Kingdom and the Role of a Scottish “Machinery of Government”, 1885-1939’, World History Annual Conference 2022: Distance, Mobility and Migration, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao (Spain), 23-26 June 2022
‘Scottishness and “Foreignness”: The Role of the Scottish Office, 1885-1939’, Scotland and Nationalism: cultural and political aspects of Scottish identity from the medieval period to the present, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens (France), 7-9 Oct. 2021
‘The “Alien” Concept and Scottish State Institutions, 1914-1929’, European Social Science History Conference, University of Leiden, 24-7 March 2021
‘Foreignness and “Scottish” State Institutions, 1885-1914’, Moving On: Exploring the Multi-faceted Character of Migration, LCIS Conference on Migration, KU Leuven (Belgium), 26 October 2018
‘Migrants and “Scottish” State Institutions, 1914-39’, European Social Science History Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast, 4-7 April 2018
‘The Glasgow Free Press, James Donnelly and Irishness in 1850s Glasgow’, Scotland and Ireland: Connecting Nations, Unions, and Diasporas in the Modern Period, Institute of Scottish Historical Research, University of St. Andrews, 30 Sept., 2017
‘Scottishness and “Foreigners”: State Institutions and Migrants in Scotland, 1885-1928’, The ‘Foreigner’ in Britain, King’s College (University of London), London, 6-7 July 2017
Awards, Scholarships and Collaborations
2008 Carnegie Research Grant, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Project: Irish Associational Culture in Mid-Nineteenth Century Glasgow.
2015 Scouloudi Trust Award, Institute of Historical Research, UCL. Project: State Institutions and Migrants in Scotland, 1885-1939
2016 Hawick’s German Prisoners: Stobs Internment Camp in Global Context, 1914-19 (AHRC-funded Study Weekend, Lead Researcher and Organiser: Dr. Stefan Manz), The Heritage Hub, Hawick, 18-19 June. Presentation: ‘The State and “Enemy Aliens” in Scotland, 1914-19’,
Scottishness and ‘foreigners’: the role of a developing Scottish ‘machinery of government’ before 1939 (2019-05)
Historical Research, 92(256) (pp. 410-431)
Migrants and the Public World in Scotland, 1885–1939: A Way Forward for Comparative Research (2017-04-30)
Journal of Migration History, 3(1) (pp. 54-77)