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National Coalition of Independent Scholars
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British history; Scotland; economic development; emigration; Indigenous-settler relations; Canada
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About Me

I am historian of migration, economic development, and Indigenous-settler and Indigenous-crown relations. I am the former Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies at Simon Fraser University where I was also a Shadbolt Endowment Chair, a Shadbolt Fellow in the Humanities, and a limited term Assistant Professor in the Department of History. I have been published in the media on topics such as Scotland’s relationship to the EU and Indigenous-crown relations in Canada. I am currently engaged in a monograph project on Indigenous-settler relations in the St Lawrence Valley which will be published by Edinburgh University Press.

Recent Publications

“‘Hints towards Establishing a Woollen Manufacture’: Discovering Non-Landlord Economic Development in the Argyll Papers,” Scottish Archives 25/26 (2021): 95-107.

The Glengarry Cairn National Historic Site and the Making of Canadian History After WWI,” for the Network in Canadian History and Environment “Parks and Profit” series. First published online June 8, 2021.

“Solving the ‘Highland Problem’: The Highlands and Islands of Scotland and the European Union,” in Local Economy 33, no. 4, (June 2018): 421–437.

“The EU turned Scotland’s Highland Region into a Model of Economic Success – Will Brexit Reverse That?” The Conversation UK edition, Wednesday December 20, 2017.

“‘Honest’ George Dempster and the Spinningdale Experiment.” History links Dornoch: The History and Archaeology of Dornoch and District, September 2, 2017.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Scotland and Canada
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, North America
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Capitalism, Colonialism, Economic History, Indigenous Peoples, Migration & Immigration, Military, Rural & Agrarian History