School of History, Classics & Archaeology

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Professor Nuala Zahedieh

BSc (Econ) MSc (Econ) PhD

Professor of Economic and Social History; Economic and Social History


Contact information
Address: Room 01M.16, William Robertson Wing, Old Medical School, Teviot Place
Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 3836
Office hours: Wednesdays 2-4pm or by appointment via

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 have taught Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh since 1990 and was appointed Director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies in 2013. 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. In 2017-18, I am a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College Oxford.


'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

External appointments
  • Member of the Academia Europaea
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
  • Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Economic History Review
  • Chair of Conference Committee (and ex-officio member of Executive Committee) of the Economic History Society
  • Member of Accademic Panel, Museum of London