Thomas A W Stewart

PhD Student - Scottish History


I attended the University of St Andrews between 2011 and 2015, graduating with a First Class in Modern History. I then went achieve a Distinction in an MSc in Contemporary History at the University of Edinburgh from 2015 to 2016. In September of 2016 I began working on my PhD thesis entitled 'Political Change and Scottish Nationalism in Dundee 1973-2012'. 

Between December 2017 and June 2018 I worked as an SGSAH doctoral intern at the Scottish Parliament. I undertook a review of the Parliament's historical collections and established the Scottish Parliament Oral History Project - conducting over 70 interviews with current and former staff, MSPs and journalists. I returned to the Parliament as an Oral Historian in September 2018 to bring this project forward towards the publication of a book that will be released as a part of the Parliament's twentieth anniversary celebrations. 

Undergraduate teaching

Modules taught:

Themes in Modern European History

Britain, Ireland & Empire c. 1800-2000

Marked exams for:

Britain, Ireland & Empire c. 1800-2000

Research summary

My main focus is Scottish political history. However I maintain an interest in British and wider European political history. 


Co-organiser, Scotland, Democracy and Devolution in the 1970s, University of Edinburgh, April 2018

Papers delivered

'Nationalist City? The electoral success of the SNP in Dundee since the 1970s', Abertay Historical Society Seminar, University of Dundee, December 2018

‘A radical city with a conservative press – politics and local newspapers in Dundee during the late twentieth century', The Press and the Vote: Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland Conference, National University of Ireland Galway, November 2018

‘Catholics and Scottish Nationalism in Dundee since the 1970s’, Nations and Nationalisms: Theories, Practices and Methods International Postgraduate Conference, Loughborough University, September 2018

‘The Conservatives and Scottish Nationalists in Dundee in the 1970s and 1980s’, Political Studies Association: Conservatives and Conservatism Specialist Group Workshop, University of Edinburgh, June 2018

'The Labour Party and the rise of Scottish Nationalism in Dundee since the 1990s', Society for the Study of Labour History: Labour & Nationalism conference, University of Huddersfield, May 2018

'Dundee Politics and the SNP 1973-1979', Scotland, Devolution and Democracy in the 1970s conference, University of Edinburgh, April 2018

'The Dundee Labour Party and the New Labour Project', The Third Way: New Perspectives on the Blair-Clinton era conference, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, March 2018

'The impact of the 1973 Dundee East by-election on the SNP in Dundee', Newcastle Postgraduate Forum, Newcastle University, November 2017

'The significance of the 1973 Dundee East by-election', Political History Research Group Seminar, University of Edinburgh, October 2017


‘Realignment and the Scottish National Party in Dundee in the 1980s and 1990s’, Re-Mobolizing Voters: electoral strategies and practices in the English-speaking world Conference, Université Grenoble Alpes, February 2019

Thomas A W Stewart, 'By-elections and Political Change in a Local Context - the case of the 1973 Dundee East by-election and the SNP', Parliamentary History, (forthcoming 2019)

Thomas A W Stewart, ''A disguised Liberal vote'? – third-party voting and the SNP under Gordon Wilson in Dundee during the 1970s and 1980s, Contemporary British History, (2018)

Thomas A W Stewart, ''Vote as you pray' - the success of the Scottish Prohibitionist Party in Dundee during the interwar period', International Journal of Regional and Local History, Vol 13 No 2, (2018) 105-117