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Reader in History

Postgraduate Research Co-Ordinator

I am a collaborative cultural historian of modern Britain and my research focuses on empire, diaspora, migration, decolonization and the continuing legacies of colonialism in the Scottish Highlands

I work closely with museums and local communities, including the Clan Macpherson Museum which Dr Mairi MacPherson and I re-designed during 2021. Community-led research is at the heart of my work, especially helping communities to explore the ongoing impact of empire, and I've worked recently with Historylinks museum in Dornoch on a project about the town's connections with enslavement.

My most recent book was a co-authored monograph (with Dr Mairi MacPherson) on James 'Ossian' Macpherson and his history writing. Macpherson the Historian (EUP, 2023) argues that writing about the past was key to all of Macpherson's published works, where he wrote history to defend and promote the British imperial state.




Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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