Who We Are

The Scottish History Network is run by a small collective affiliated to various universities and institutions. If you would like to know more, or to find out ways you can get involved yourself, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Our current committee members are:


Fiona Foster is a PhD candidate at the University of Mississippi. Her research is on the British medical involvement in the First World War, focusing on women, identity, memory in Scotland during and after the war. Her other interests lie in Europe and Scotland in the commemoration and memorialization of war. She has a Master of Arts in history from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a bachelors degree in history from Old Dominion University.



laurashnLaura Harrison is interested in how societies interpret and memorialise the past. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh, researching how the Scottish Wars of Independence were commemorated from 1800-1939. She has an MSc in Scottish History from the University of Edinburgh, as well as a BA (Hons) and a BEd from the University of Toronto and Brock University in Canada. Laura is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the PhD blog Pubs and Publications, as well as the Postgraduate Liaison for Scottish History and a student representative at Edinburgh.

nicolashnNicola Martin is an AHRC funded PhD candidate jointly supervised by the University of Stirling and the University of Dundee. Having completed undergraduate and masters level research at the University of Strathclyde in Scottish history focusing on Jacobitism she is now investigating the impact of the Jacobite uprising of 1745-6 on British imperialism in North America in the years preceding the American Revolution. In particular, she is interested in how the experiences and encounters of the British army shaped their attitudes.


SarahSarah Moxey is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh reading Scottish History alongside working as a Special Collections Librarian at the National Library of Scotland. She is collaborating with the Library to make hidden political collections more accessible. Sarah also completed her MA (Hons) and MSc by Research in History at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include: Scottish politics from 1939-1950, identity politics and contemporary politics. She is a member of the Political History Research group at the University of Edinburgh.


Mathew Nicolson is a PhD candidate in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh.  His research interests focus on the politics and culture of postwar Scotland with a particular emphasis on its ‘peripheral’ island groups and international connections. His thesis explores the politics of culture, identity and constitutional change in Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles from 1969 to 1999.  He is also a member of the steering committee for the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History (CSMCH) at the University of Edinburgh and Deputy Editor of Europe Elects.


shnpicFraser Raeburn is a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh. His research concentrates on the Scottish involvement in the Spanish Civil War (1936-9) and its impact on Scottish politics and activism,  which he has published on in Scottish Historical Studies. More broadly, his interests include ideological confrontation in interwar Europe and Scotland, and the history of transnational foreign fighters. He has an MSc (by Research) in history from the University of Edinburgh and bachelor degrees in history and economics from the University of Sydney. His research is funded by the Wolfson Foundation.

kyleKyle Thompson 
is an assistant professor at Pittsburg State University in Kansas. His primary research interest is in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Scottish politics, particularly social organizations, political movements and interactions between parliamentary candidates and constituents. His PhD from the University of Edinburgh focused on local Edinburgh politics during the late-Victorian period and the effects of the Third Reform Act and Irish Home Rule. He has also been published on this subject in the Innes Review. He recently introduced a Modern Scottish history course at PSU, which has led to    a broadening of his research into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.