Professor Tanja Bueltmann
Chair in International History, University of Strathclyde

I studied at the universities of Bielefeld (Germany) and Edinburgh for my MA in British Cultural Studies, History and Sociology. With a strong background in Scottish History, I then moved to New Zealand in early 2006 to pursue my doctoral research on the country’s Scottish immigrant community. Funded by the New Zealand government with a New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarship, I completed my PhD at the end of 2008; it was published, in 2011, as ‘Scottish Ethnicity and the Making of New Zealand Society, 1850 to 1930′ (in the Scottish Historical Review Monograph Series). I returned to Europe in early 2009, when I was appointed to join the History team at Northumbria University.

My research interests are in diaspora and migration history, especially the cultural and social history of Scottish immigrant communities. I am particularly interested in why immigrants ‘club together’ in associations once they settle in their new home. I explore that question in detail in my second monograph entitled ‘Clubbing Together: Ethnicity, Civility and Formal Sociability in the Scottish Diaspora to 1930′. The book is the 2015 Saltire Society Research Book of the Year.

Apart from looking at the history of the Scots abroad and Scottish migration, I was also Co-Investigator of the AHRC funded project ‘Locating the Hidden Diaspora: The English in North America in Transatlantic Perspective, 1760-1950’. A monograph from that project, co-authored with Prof Don MacRaild, was recently published as The English Diaspora in North America: Migration, Ethnicity and Association, 1730s-1950s.

In my current project, which was funded by the ESRC with a Future Research Leaders grand, I examine the life and experiences of British and German expats in Asia.

For more details please visit my website. You can also follow me on Twitter @cliodiaspora

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