Tanja is a historian of migration and diaspora. Her main research interests are in wider British World history, especially the cultural and social history of Scottish, English and German immigrant communities. She is particularly interested in the communities' associational life in North America, the Antipodes and parts of Asia. Tanja has long since been keen to engage the wider public with her research, and works with community groups and museums to do so, particularly through a long-standing collaboration with the National Museum of Scotland. Tanja is also a prolific commentator on wider social and political issues, having written for the Guardian and the Conversation among others.
Tanja was Principal Investigator of the project 'European, Ethnic and Expatriate: A Longitudinal Comparison of British and German Social Networking and Associational Formations in Modern-day Asia'. The project was funded by the ESRC and concluded in September 2016. Tanja is currently writing a monograph informed by the project research.
Prior to that Tanja was Co-Investigator of the AHRC funded project 'Locating the Hidden Diaspora: The English in North America in Transatlantic Perspective, 1760-1950', 2011-13. Her research as part of the project concentrated on exploring the diverse forms of associationalism among the English. A co-authored monograph entitled The English Diaspora in North America: Migration, Ethnicity and Association, 1730s-1950s was recently published.
Tanja's interest in the English diaspora stems from her work on the Scots abroad and Scottish associations in particular. In 2010, Tanja was awarded a Small Research Grant from the British Academy for her project 'Ethnicity, Associationalism and Civility: The Scots in Singapore and Hong Kong in Comparative Perspective'. Since then Tanja has continued to explore different aspects of the Scots' ethnic associational life, identity and culture overseas, also working with museums and communities in Scotland and abroad for knowledge exchange and outreach.
Research Student Supervision InterestsI would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in studying aspects of British and German migration since c1800, including, but not restricted to, the themes of ethnic associational culture, identity, ethnicity, memory, and immigrant community life. In terms of geographies I would gladly supervise topics connected to North America, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand in particular.
Fellow (FHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)