• 46 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
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Programme Leader for MLitt British Studies

Postgraduate Research Co-Ordinator

Lecturer in History

I am a social and cultural historian of modern Britain and my research focuses in particular on Irish and Scottish migration, diaspora and the British Empire.

I arrived at UHI's Centre for History in November 2011, following academic posts at University College Dublin, the University of Bristol, Leeds Trinity and All Saints College and the University of Sunderland. I completed my PhD at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2004 (supervised by Professor Joanna Bourke), where I researched women’s contribution to debate about Irish identity through print and associational culture at the beginning of the twentieth century.

I work closely with heritage bodies and local communities through our research network, The Hub for the Study of British Identities.

I am currently completing a major research project on Irish female associational culture in the diaspora, which focuses on women’s membership of the Orange Order in Scotland, England and Canada (to be published as a book by Manchester University press in 2016).

My new research on 'Highland Homecomings and the British Empire' will examine how key figures such as John Diefenbaker (Canadian Prime Minister, 1957-1963) and Peter Fraser (New Zealand Prime Minister, 1940-1949) returned to their roots in the far north of Scotland and what this tells us about the region's connection to the British Empire and the wider world. Future plans for research include investigating the role of Irish migrants in the early days of cricket in Australia.

I welcome research proposals from students interested in any aspect of modern British, Irish and Scottish social and cultural history, including gender, migration, diaspora, empire, associational culture, cricket and the Irish and Scottish abroad.

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Research Output

  • 46 Citations
  • 4 h-Index
  • 8 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
  • 7 Article
  • 3 Book

Cultural Transmission, Irish Associational Culture and the 'Marching' Tradition'

MacPherson, D. A. J., 27 Apr 2017, The Cambridge Social History of Modern Ireland . Biagini, E. & Daly, M. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 551-565 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Irish Protestant women and diaspora: Orangewomen in Canada during the twentieth century

    MacPherson, D. A. J., 2014, Women and Irish Diaspora Identities: Theories, Concepts and New Perspectives . MacPherson, D. A. J. & Hickman, M. J. (eds.). Manchester: Manchester University Press, p. 168 185 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Open Access
    File

    Women and Irish diaspora identities: Theories, Concepts and New Perspectives

    MacPherson, D. A. J. (ed.) & Hickman, M. J. (ed.), Aug 2014, Manchester: Manchester University Press. 224 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Activities

    Journal of British Identities (Journal)

    Jim MacPherson (Editor)

    2017 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

    Jim MacPherson (Peer reviewer)

    2016 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Workshop: 'Jamie and Claire's Book Club'

    Jim MacPherson (Contributor)

    5 Jun 2016

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

    'The Sash my Mother Wore': Women and the Irish Diaspora in the British World

    Jim MacPherson (Speaker)

    16 Oct 2016

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

    Staging eighteenth-century Badenoch in poetry and song: Schubert and Macpherson

    Jim MacPherson (Speaker)

    9 Apr 2016

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Public lecture/debate/seminar

    Press / Media

    PhD student explores Dounreay industrial heritage

    Jim MacPherson

    9/10/15

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Dounreay to be subject of PhD research project

    Jim MacPherson

    9/10/15

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    PhD student explores Dounreay industrial heritage

    Jim MacPherson

    9/10/15

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Dounreay to be subject of PhD research project

    Jim MacPherson

    16/05/15

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    UHI lecturer speaks on gender equality to United Nations

    Jim MacPherson

    20/03/15

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Thesis

    ‘Nuclear fission and social fusion’: the impact of the Dounreay Experimental Research Establishment on Caithness, 1953-1966

    Author: Ross, L. M., 4 Sep 2019

    Supervisor: MacPherson, J. (Supervisor), Kirk, N. (Supervisor) & McDonald, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by UHI)

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    Financing the Faith: Scottish Catholicism 1772- c.1890

    Author: Tierney, D., 6 May 2014

    Supervisor: MacPherson, D. A. J. (Supervisor), Szechi, D. (Supervisor) & Needham, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)

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