Jim MacPherson


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Research expertise

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.

  1. Published

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

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

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Frequent Journals

  1. Women's History Review

    ISSNs: 0961-2025

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1747-583X

    Taylor and Francis Ltd.

    Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.54 SJR 0.329 SNIP 0.951


  2. Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History

    ISSNs: 0308-6534

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1743-9329


    Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.55 SJR 0.399 SNIP 1.037


  3. Immigrants and Minorities

    ISSNs: 0261-9288

    Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1744-0521


    Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.4 SJR 0.146 SNIP 0.515


  4. The Irish Review

    ISSNs: 0790-7850


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Frequent Publishers

  1. Ashgate


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  1. Journal of British Identities (Journal)

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

  2. Palgrave Macmillan (Publisher)

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

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

    Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Invited talk

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