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Dr Terence McBride

Profile summary

  • Visiting Informal Academic
  • Honorary Associate
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Hist, Rel St, Soc, SP&C
  • History
  • t.mcbride

Professional biography

 My formal training as a historian began at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow,  gaining my doctorate on Irish political identity in Victorian Glasgow in 2003. I began working with the Open University in 2000 as an Associate Lecturer on module A221: State, Economy and Nation in 19th Century Europe, then from 2007 to 2017 on module A200: Exploring History: Medieval to Modern, 1400-1900. I am now currently teaching on module A225 The British Isles and the Modern World, 1789-1914. I am a member of the  British Association for Irish Studies and Economic History Society,  and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHist).

Research interests

I have continued to develop my research expertise in Irishness in Scotland, publishing a number of articles on associational culture among Irish migrants in mid-Victorian Scotland and a monograph, The Experience of Irish Migrants to Glasgow, Scotland, 1863-1891: A New Way of Being Irish in June 2007.

Since 2008, I have also developed a research interest in comparative approaches to the study of migrants generally in 19/20thC Scotland, organising a conference in 2009, a follow-up journal special issue on ‘Migrants in Modern Scotland’ in 2013 and , in 2015, secured funding for a pilot project on ‘State Institutions and Migrants in Scotland, 1880-1914’. Recent publications include:‘Migrants and the Public World in Scotland, 1885-1939: A Way Forward for Comparative Research’, Journal of Migration History, vol.3, no.1 (2017), pp. 54-77.

Teaching interests

Currently, I am an teaching on A225 The British Isles and the Modern World, 1789-1914.

Impact and engagement

The pressing reality of migration as a characteristic feature of modernity has motivated my attempts to stimulate debate among fellow historians, students and the public. Organising a ‘Migrants in Modern Scotland’ conference in 2009, initiating and editing a follow-up Immigrants and Minorities special issue in 2013, and presenting to a variety of conferences, workshops and public events such as a 2016 AHRC-funded study weekend,I've endeavoured to further an interest in Scotland’s connections with the wider world.

Recent Conference/Seminar Papers include :

  • ‘Migrants and “Scottish” State Institutions, 1914-39’, European Social Science History Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast, 4-7 April 2018
  • ‘The Glasgow Free Press, James Donnelly and Irishness in 1850s Glasgow’, Scotland and Ireland: Connecting Nations, Unions, and Diasporas in the Modern Period, Institute of Scottish Historical Research, University of St. Andrews, 30 Sept., 2017
  •  ‘Scottishness and “Foreigners”: State Institutions and Migrants in Scotland, 1885-1928’, The ‘Foreigner’ in Britain, King’s College (University of London), London, 6-7 July 2017

External collaborations

Awards and Scholarships

2008  Carnegie Research Grant, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Project: Irish Associational Culture in Mid-Nineteenth Century Glasgow.

2015 Scouloudi Trust Award, Institute of Historical Research, UCL. Project: State Institutions and Migrants in Scotland, 1885-1939

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