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Graeme Morton is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Centre for Scottish Culture at the University of Dundee. He previously held the inaugural Scottish Studies Foundation Chair - the first privately endowed Chair in Scottish Studies in North America - at the University of Guelph (2004-2013). There he was Director of the Centre for Scottish Studies and remains Adjunct Professor of History.

Best known for his conceptualisation of Unionist Nationalism, Graeme Morton's research interests focus on national identity, civil society, migration and diasporic studies.

His publications include William Wallace: A National Tale (Edinburgh, 2014), The Scottish Diaspora (with T. Bueltmann and A. Hinson, Edinburgh, 2013), Ourselves and Others: Scotland 1832-1914 (Edinburgh, 2012), William Wallace: Man & Myth (Stoud, 2001), and Unionist-Nationalism (East Linton, 1999) He co-edited Irish and Scottish Encounters with Indigenous Peoples (Montreal, 2013) and Ties of Bluid, Kin and Countrie: Scottish Associational Culture in the Diaspora (Guelph, 2009). Professor Morton has edited the International Review of Scottish Studies (2004-2013) and The Scottish Historical Review (2014-2018).

As well as continuing to work on Scottish national identity and unionist nationalism, his current research on the Scottish diaspora is focused around migration and meteorological variation: His current project ‘Extreme Weather and Patterns of Emigration: Scotland, 1770-1988’ was funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC 430220; 2013-15). This work underpins his forthcoming monograph: Weather, Migration and the Scottish Diaspora (Routledge, 2020).

In collaboration with Kris Inwood and John Cranfield (University of Guelph), he has received funding in excess of CAN$1m to create research infrastructure from the Scottish and Canadian Victorian censuses. 'People in Motion: Historical Data Infrastructure for Longitudinal Research', CFI/MRI 26587 (2011-15); and 'Public use microdata samples of the 1871 census of Canada and the 1871 Census of Scotland', CFI/MRI 12603 (2007-11).

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Areas of expertise

  • History
  • Scotland