Wilson McLeod

Professor of Gaelic


BA (Haverford), JD (Harvard), MScPhD (Edinburgh)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Main administrative duties

  • Director of Research, Celtic & Scottish Studies
  • Course Organiser for Introduction to Gaelic Language and Culture, Gaelic 1A and Linguistics and the Gaelic Language

Undergraduate teaching

Postgraduate teaching

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Adam Dahmer: Language revitalisation and Gaelic tertiary education

Róisín McKelvey: The role of language in UK migration policy

Kirstie MacLeod: ‘A’ togail na Gàidhlig’: Gaelic in families with young children

Bobbie Nolan: Language and identity among Irish migrants in San Francisco, Philadelphia and London, 1850-1920

Ben Ó Ceallaigh: The Irish economic crisis and the sociolinguistic vitality of Gaeltacht regions 2008-2016

Alastair Scouller: The Gaelic dialect of Colonsay

Charles Wilson: A comparative study of morphosyntactic structures in modern Scottish Gaelic


Research summary

  • language policy and planning issues in Scotland and internationally;
  • language legislation and language rights;
  • the cultural politics of Scottish and Irish Gaelic literature from the late medieval period to the present day.

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