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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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diaspora Social Sciences
Ireland Social Sciences
ethnic identity Social Sciences
migration Social Sciences
national identity Social Sciences
twentieth century Social Sciences
ethnicity Social Sciences
narrative Social Sciences

Projects

Research Output 2001 2017

  • 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)

Education
Famine
Social History
Economy
Demographic Change
Diaspora
Activism
British Empire
Canada
Reader

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
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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

diaspora
migration
appeal
New Zealand
experience
2 Citations (Scopus)
ethnic identity
narrative
Ireland
privacy
historian

Activities 2006 2017

Journal of British Identities (Journal)

Jim MacPherson (Editor)
2017 → …

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

UHI Hub for the Study of British Identities Webinar

Jim MacPherson (Organiser)
2 Feb 2016

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

File

'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

‘The Heart is Highland': Irish Protestant, Scottish and Highland Diasporas in the British World, 1920-1960

Jim MacPherson (Speaker)
9 Dec 2016

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk

Charles Fraser Mackintosh and the Napier Commission

Jim MacPherson (Speaker)
21 Jan 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

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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