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Professor Angela McCarthy

Professor of Scottish and Irish History and Associate Director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies

Email: angela.mccarthy@otago.ac.nz

Angela McCarthy is Associate Director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies and Professor of Scottish and Irish History in the Department of History and Art History where she teaches Scottish history, Irish history, and Irish and Scottish migration. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, she has worked at the Universities of Hull and Aberdeen and held fellowships at the Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, and the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. She is also Visiting Professor at the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

Angela's research interests lie in the history of Irish and Scottish migration and she is the author of Irish Migrants in New Zealand, 1840-1935: 'The Desired Haven' (2005), Personal Accounts of Irish and Scottish Migration, 1921-1965: 'For Spirit and Adventure' (2007), and Scottishness and Irishness in New Zealand Since 1840 (2011). She is also editor of A Global Clan: Scottish Migrant Networks and Identities Since the Eighteenth Century (2006), (with Catharine Coleborne), Migration, Ethnicity, and Mental Health: International Perspectives, 1840-2010 (2012), and (with Lyndon Fraser), Far From Home: English Migration and New Zealand Settlement (2012). For further publications see Angela's profile on the History and Art History Department website.

Angela's current research includes a Royal Society of New Zealand funded project examining migration, ethnicity, and madness (with Dr Catharine Coleborne, University of Waikato). For further details about the project and its outcomes click here.

Postgraduate Students


Patrick Coleman, 'Loyalism, Fraternalism and Religious Dissent: New Zealand Orangeism, 1840-2000 (PhD; part-time)

Dan Davy, 'Lost Tailings: Gold Rush Societies and Cultures in Otago, New Zealand, 1861-1911' (PhD)

Fabia Fox, 'Dark Dunedin: A Survey of Crime and Gender in Nineteenth-Century Dunedin' (MA)

Iain Watson, 'The Scots in Hong Kong and New Zealand' (PhD; external supervisor for University of Edinburgh)


Erin Grant, 'The Ladies' Pipe Band Diaspora: Bands, Bonnie Lassies, and Scottish Associational Culture, 1918-2012' (PhD, University of Otago, 2013)

Maree Dawson, 'Heredity and Racial Degeneracy at the Auckland Mental Hospital, 1870-1900' (PhD; external supervisor for University of Waikato, 2013)

Elspeth Knewstubb, 'Gender, Religion, and the Medicalisation of Madness in New Zealand: A Study of Ashburn Hall, 1882-1910' (MA, University of Otago, 2011)

Kim Sullivan, 'Scots by Association: Scottish Diasporic Identities and Ethnic Associationism from the 1800s to the Present' (PhD, University of Otago, 2010)


Angela McCarthy

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