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:

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.

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.



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.




Amy Todman is Curator of Political Collections (Manuscripts & Archives) at the National Library of Scotland. Before joining the Library staff Amy completed an MLitt in the history of collecting and collections and a PhD at the University of Glasgow, looking at the idea of landscape in Britain over the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. She is interested in all facets of archives and collecting, in particular the role played by archives, collections and collecting organisations in the creation of historical and cultural narratives.




Paul Hamilton is a History Teacher.  He graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with an LL.B (Hons) during 2005, before graduating from the University of Glasgow with an M.A in Historical Studies during 2008. Paul then went on to study for a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Strathclyde in 2009 and is now studying for a Doctorate in Education at the University of Strathclyde. Paul is a regular contributor for the Clydebank Post and occasional contributor for other publications. He is also founder of Living Memory Dunbartonshire and steering group member for the ‘World War One Digging In’ project.



Adrienne Hynes is an Assistant Curator in the Department of Scottish History & Archaeology at National Museums Scotland. With an MA (Hons) in Medieval History and an MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St Andrews, she is a medievalist at heart and loves museums. Her current area of research is Jacobite material culture, specifically the 1715 rising as well as exploring the relationship between faith and the Jacobite cause.  She also works with Scottish decorative art collections dating from 1750 onwards and is particularly interested in the history of museum collecting in this area.


Helen Young is an early career researcher who recently completed an ESRC-funded PhD in history at the University of Stirling and currently works as a Research Policy Officer there. Her thesis – which she hopes to turn into a monograph – provides a closely-observed but contextualised social history of Scotland’s rural schools from the late nineteenth century through to the end of the twentieth century. She is a member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) History Special Interest Group and is eager to foster interdisciplinary links and promote Scottish history worldwide.

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.



Anna Feintuck is a PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Her research is an urban history of mapmaking in Edinburgh, c.1880-c.1920, with a focus on how knowledge of cities has been formed, represented and used. She is part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Mapping Edinburgh’s Social History’. She also writes regular exhibition and book reviews for Aesthetica, and contributed to the Scottish Book Trust’s ‘Journeys’ project.