Our Faculty, Staff, & Affiliates

Meet the Faculty

Dr Katie McCullough, Director of the SFU Centre for Scottish Studies

Dr Katie McCullough is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University. She completed her PhD in History at the University of Guelph and her doctoral dissertation, Building the Highland Empire: The Highland Society of London and the Formation of Charitable Networks in Great Britain and Canada, 1778-1857, focussed on the history of the Highland Society of London. Her research primarily encompasses cultural and intellectual exchanges within networks of Highland Scots in the British Empire, especially Canada. You can contact Dr McCullough at klmccull@sfu.ca

Dr Leith Davis, Associate Director

Dr Leith Davis is Professor in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University. She completed her PhD in English at Berkeley and is the author of Acts of Union: Scotland and the Negotiation of the British Nation, 1707-1830 and Music, Postcolonialism, Gender: The Construction of Irish National Identity 1725-1874, as well as co-editor of Scotland and the Borders of Romanticism. She has also published numerous articles on the poems of Ossian, Robert Burns, and other aspects of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Scottish and Irish literature and culture. You can contact Dr Davis at leith@sfu.ca

Dr Jack Little

Dr Jack Little is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at Simon Fraser University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He completed his PhD in History at the University of Ottawa and is a specialist on Quebec history. He has published a number of extensive studies on the communities established in that province by Scottish settler families from the Isle of Lewis and the Isle of Arran. You can contact Dr Little at jlittle@sfu.ca

Non-Faculty Scholars & Instructors

Dr Holly Faith Nelson, Professor, Chair, and Graduate Stream Coordinator of English, and Co-Director of the Gender Studies Institute, at Trinity Western University. Dr Nelson is the co-editor of James Hogg and the Literary Marketplace: Scottish Romanticism and the Working-Class Author and Robert Burns and Transatlantic Culture and has published or presented more than two dozen articles, conference papers, and invited lectures (co-authored by Dr Sharon Alker) on William Lithgow, Robert Burns, and James Hogg, as well as on the treatment of the Scots in the works of Shakespeare and Defoe. She and Dr Alker are currently editing the final volume in the Stirling/South Carolina Research Edition of the Collected Works of James Hogg.

Dr Niall MacKenzie holds an undergraduate degree in History from Washington and Lee University and a doctorate in English from the University of Cambridge, where he was among the last research students to be supervised by the late Howard Erskine-Hill. Before coming to SFU, he was a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UBC. Dr MacKenzie’s publications on literary-historical matters have appeared in a number of journals and edited collections, including Scottish Gaelic StudiesÉigseStudia NeophilologicaThe Review of English Studies, and The Age of Johnson. He is a grandson of Kate MacKenzie (Caitrìona Uilleim Iain mhic Artair, 1876-1979), a noted Cape Breton Island tradition bearer.

Dr Antone Minard is a sessional lecturer in the Humanities and World Literature department at SFU. He received his PhD in Folklore and Mythology at UCLA with a focus on Celtic languages and literatures. Dr Minard is the editor of The Celts: History, Life, and Culture, a two-volume encyclopedia published by ABC-Clio in 2012. Many of his courses on mythology and folk religion involve Scottish content (Celtic Mythology, Great Religious Texts, Religion in Context) and he has also taught courses on medieval Scottish history for the Continuing Studies Program.

Distinguished Affiliates

Ronald Sutherland spent his working career in the international shipping industry. He retired as President of the Empire Shipping Company. He has been active for many years with the Scots community in British Columbia and, especially, with the BC Pipers Association. He was one of the community founders of the Centre for Scottish Studies.

Hon. John Allen Fraser, PC, OC, OBC, CD, QC, is the former Member of Parliament for Vancouver South (1972 to 1993) and former Speaker of the House of Commons (1986 to 1993). During his twenty-one years in Parliament, Mr Fraser served in key government positions, including Minister of the Environment (1979-80) and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans (1984-85), prior to his election as Speaker (1986 and 1988). He was the first person in Canadian history to be elected Speaker of the House of Commons by his parliamentary peers, a practice first instituted in 1986. He is Honorary Chair of the Fundraising Council of the Centre for Scottish Studies.