Director, Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies
I completed my undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the London School of Economics and stayed on to do postdoctoral research funded by the Leverhulme Trust. I was appointed to teach Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh in 1989. I have held fellowships at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1994, a Leverhulme Fellowship in 1997-8, the Caird Senior Research Fellowship at the National Maritime Museum in 2007/8, and the InterAmericas Fellowship at the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University in 2010/11. I served as Book Review Editor for the Economic History Review from 1994 to 1997, an Associate Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and am currently on the Editorial Board of the Economic History Review. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the Council of the Economic History Society.
'To Major General Cuyler this view of Fort George in the island of Tobago'. Drawn by T. Medland (London, 1793). Courtesy of John Carter Brown Library at Brown University