PhD Candidate in History, Boston College
MA in History, Central Michigan University, 2010
BA with Honours in History, University of Strathclyde, 2009
My dissertation project focuses on a transnational network of Scottish Presbyterian merchants, ministers, settlers and soldiers who dispersed into the Atlantic World in the 1670s and 1680s, in response to a severe crackdown on dissenting Protestants in their home kingdom.
By analysing the experiences of these interconnected Scots in places as far-flung as Rotterdam, Boston, Surinam and Nova Scotia, my research provides insight into the political, religious and economic institutions of English and Dutch empires during a crucial period of imperial consolidation, 1680-1720.
My project will also demonstrate that Scottish political and religious change in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries can be understood more fully in a transnational and even global context, particularly in the case of the Darién project of 1698-1700.
Fellowships and Awards
- Graduate Student Paper Prize “for best paper read at the conference by a graduate student”, The Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies (MACBS), May 5th, 2013
- Research Grant, The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Spring 2013
- The Marinell Ash Award, The Strathmartine Trust, Spring 2013 (Biannual Study Grant)
- Graduate Fellow, Clough Center For Constitutional Democracy
- Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy Travel Grant, 2012
- University Fellowship, Boston College
- “Covenants and Commerce: informal Scottish networks in the imperial Atlantic World”, Circuits of Knowledge (15th – 19th Century): The Third Summer Academy of Atlantic History, University of Hamburg, Germany, August 24th-29th 2013
- “Covenants and Commerce: Scottish Networks in the English Atlantic”, The Mid-American Conference on British Studies (MACBS), Lehman College, NY, March 23rd 2013
- “A Scottish Presbyterian Diaspora in the Atlantic World, 1680-1715”, Migration, Mobility, and Movements: Crossing Borders in World History: Fifth Annual Northeastern Graduate Student Conference on World History, Northeastern University, MA March 16th 2013
- “‘Thou Land Devourest Men’: Scotland, the Darién Expedition and the European Balance of Power”, The British Scholar Society’s “Britain and the World” Conference, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, June 23rd, 2012
- "Prelacy or Presbytery? Religion and Education in the Early Modern British Kingdoms", Biennial Boston College Conference on the History of Religion: “History’s Fourth Lens? Race, Class, Gender -- and Religion”, March 31, 2012