Following a PhD at the University of Glasgow, Michael  became a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Edinburgh. In 2013, he was awarded the G. Ross Roy medal for Best Thesis in Scottish Literature. You can find his profile here.


  • World Time and Text (Level 4)
  • Literature in Context (Level 4)
  • Literary and Cultural Theory (Level 5)
  • Representing Masculinities (Level 6)


My research revolves around the cultural history of the Atlantic world, particularly in the long eighteenth century. It takes a transnational perspective and has two main strands. Firstly, it recovers the memory of Caribbean slavery in a Scottish context and considers the implications of this recovery for contemporary debates on Scottish and British identity. Secondly, it engages with theories around archipelagos. Inspired by theories around Caribbean creolization, I consider the implications of re-considering ‘the British Isles’ as an ‘Atlantic Archipelago’. This looks to move beyond current paradigms of Scottish/ Welsh/Irish/ English/ British nationalism to consider the ways that the nations and peoples who inhabit these islands have always been both independent and interdependent. Rather than the ‘splendid isolation’ of Britain as an ‘island nation’, the concept of the archipelago invites a re-appraisal of history and identity in an Atlantic context in which empire and slavery play a crucial role.




  • Scotland and the Caribbean, c.1740-1833: Atlantic Archipelagos (New York and London: Routledge Studies in Cultural History Series, forthcoming 2015).


  • Robert Burns: Recovering Scotland’s Memory of the Black Atlantic
    Nov 2011
  • ‘Robert Wedderburn: race, religion and revolution’, International Socialism Journal, 132
    July 2008
  • ‘Joseph Knight: Scotland and the Black Atlantic’, International Journal of Scottish Literature, 4


  • ‘Scottish Literature in the Age before Abolition’, in Recovering Scotland’s Slavery Past, ed. by Tom Devine (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming 2015)
  • ‘World-Systems, Many-Headed Hydras and Glasgow’, in Britain’s Memory of Slavery: Local Nuances of a “National Sin”, ed. by Jessica Moody, Ryan Henley and Katie Donnington (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, forthcoming 2015)


  • Review of Iain Whyte’s Zachary Macaulay 1768-1838: the Steadfast Scot in the British Anti-Slavery Movement (2012), Scottish Historical Review, 91:2. Autumn 2012
  • Review of Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal, (2009) eds. Jack Greene & Philip D. Morgan, The Kelvingrove Review, 4. Feb 2010

Online articles

  • June 2014: From island nation to Atlantic archipelago: re-assessing Scotland, Britain and Atlantic slavery

Selected Conference Papers

  • ‘Scottish-Caribbean pastoral and georgic’ World Congress of Scottish Literature. Jul 2014
  • ‘Glasgow and the Memory of Slavery’ Society for Caribbean Studies University of Glasgow. Jul 2014
  • ‘Indy 2014: Island Nation to Atlantic Archipelago’ Signs of In(ter)dependence: An Archipelagic Conference University of Glasgow. May 2014
  • Ireland, Slavery, Anti-Slavery, Empire University College Dublin. Oct 2013
  • Little Britain’s Memory of Slavery: the Local Nuances of a National Sin University College London. Sep 2013
  • ‘Commonwealth Games, the Independence Referendum and Atlantic Slavery.’ Colonial and Postcolonial Group, University of Glasgow. Mar 2013
  • ‘Maroon memories of the Scottish Empire.’ Modern Languages Association, Seattle. Jan 2012
  • ‘Scots and the Maroons of Jamaica’. Caribbean Research Seminar Series in the North, University of York. May 2011
  • ‘Mulatto-Scots: Robert Wedderburn and Mary Seacole’.Departmental Seminar, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica. Feb 2011
  • ‘Robert Wedderburn and Robert Burns: Scotland and the Black and Red Atlantic’. Society for Caribbean Studies,University of Southampton. Jun 2010

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