James Fraser BA, MA, PhD, FSAScot
Senior Lecturer; Early Scottish History
Director of Quality, Programme Director (MSc in First Millennium Studies)
Room 00M.25, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot PlaceTelephone: 0131 650 4034
Office hours: Thursdays 10am-12 noon
Affiliated research centresScottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies
A native of Tottenham, Ontario, I studied history at the University of Toronto, focusing on Antiquity and the early Middle Ages, before completing Masters work in the Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph, writing a dissertation examining medieval images of William Wallace. During these years I also worked in the private sector as a manager and (latterly) management trainer, experience which has left me with an ongoing interest in theory and practice in leadership.
My doctoral research was undertaken here at Edinburgh under the supervision of Alex Woolf, and considered the written evidence concerning the conversion and christianisation of the Picts. I was appointed to my current position in 2002, which the School shared with Celtic and Scottish Studies until 2011. Since then I have sat on a number of University, College, School and unit management committees, especially as the School’s Director of Quality (2008-11).
I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and a member of the Scottish Medievalists. I formerly (2002-9) sat on the executive committee of the Scottish Society for Northern Studies; and I sit currently on the executive committees of the Scottish History Society and the Scottish Historical Review Trust.