Katherine Burns

Thesis title: “Keep this Unwritten History”: Mapping African American Family Histories in “Information Wanted” Advertisements, 1880-1902


I completed my undergraduate degree in History and Politics at the University of Glasgow, spending my third year on exchange at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I then completed my Masters in American History at the University of Edinburgh in 2017. After taking some time away from academia, I returned to the University of Edinburgh to begin my PhD in 2019.


MSc American History, University of Edinburgh (2016-17), Merit.

Dissertation: ‘The Ties that Bind: Searching for Family After Slavery, 1865-1900.’


MA (Hons) History and Politics, University of Glasgow (2012-16), First Class.

Dissertation: '“O! If I was only a man!": Elite Southern Women and Gender Roles 1860-1890’.  

Responsibilities & affiliations

Postgraduate Secretary, Scottish Association for the Study of America (SASA).

Early Career Member, Royal Historical Society (RHS).

Member, British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH).

Member, British Association for American Studies (BAAS).

Member, Southern Historical Association (SHA).

Undergraduate teaching

History of the United States

Current project grants

2022 Peter Parish Memorial Fund, British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH)
2020-2021 Archie K. Davis Fellowship, North Caroliniana Society
2020-2021 Franklin Research Center Travel Grant, John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture, Duke University
2020-2021 Southern Studies Dissertation Research Fellowship, Wilson Special Collections Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel-Hill
2020 BAAS Postgraduate Short-Term Travel Award - The Abraham Lincoln Award
2020 EAAS Transatlantic Grant, European Association for American Studies

2021-2022 McMillan Award, University of Edinburgh