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I was born and raised in Victoria, B.C. where I did my undergraduate degree in history at the University of Victoria. Since then, I pursued an MA in history and a PhD in modern Scottish history at the University of Guelph where I was very active with the University of Guelph Centre for Scottish Studies and in the local Scottish community. I have spent many years travelling to Scotland, which has now become my second home. I am thrilled to be able to return to my native British Columbia and share my passion for Scotland with students at SFU and the local community.
My research focuses on transatlantic networks of support for Highland Scottish economic and cultural development in the British Empire in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Currently I am working on two articles: one exploring the support for Highland Scottish settlement in Glengarry, Ontario by the Highland Society of London (est. 1778) and its branch in Glengarry, the Highland Society of Canada (est. 1818), and another examining the early theorization of free trade in the Atlantic World by the eighteenth-century Scottish economic theorist Dr. James Anderson who formed many of his ideas by observing uneven development in the Scottish Highlands as compared to the rest of Great Britain. My future research will place Scottish settlement in British Columbia in the context of broader patterns of imperial expansion.
- “Solving the ‘Highland Problem’: The Highlands and Islands of Scotland and the European Union,” in Local Economy 33, no. 4, (June 2018): 421–437.
- “‘For the Good and Glory of the Whole’: The Highland Society of London and the Formation of Scoto-British Identity.” In The Shaping of Scottish Identities: Family, Nation, and the Worlds Beyond, edited by Jodi A. Campbell, Elizabeth Ewan, and Heather Parker, 199-213. Guelph: Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph, 2011.
I teach classes on Modern Scottish History, Atlantic migration, poverty and welfare in industrial Britain, and British youth and popular culture.
- Shadbolt Foundation Endowment Chair 2016-2020.
- SFU Community Engagement Initiative (co-applicant) "Changing the Narrative of Canada at 150: Re-visioning Connections Between First Nations and the Hudson's Bay Company,” 2017.
- History Chair’s Graduate Scholarship, University of Guelph, 2014.
- College of Arts Dean’s Graduate Scholarship (first class average), University of Guelph, 2008; 2010-2013.
- College of Arts Graduate Research and Travel Award, University of Guelph, 2011-2013.
- Tri-University Travel Grant, 2011-2014.
- The Strathmartine Trust Marinell Ash Fund Award, Strathmartine Trust, 2011.