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Centre for Scottish Studies


The Centre for Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph is the oldest and most eminent academic unit in North America to carry out research, graduate training and teaching on Scottish history and Scottish culture, with special emphasis on the history of the Scottish Canadian community. Our Graduate Program was founded in 1968 and we are proud to host the  Scottish Studies Colloquium, a public day conference held twice each year for the presentation of current research by graduate students and scholars from Scotland, Canada and elsewhere around the world.

We began publishing Scottish Tradition in 1971, which was relaunched as the International Review of Scottish Studies in 2003.  The IRSS is a fully peer-reviewed academic journal and has been publishing as an open access journal since 2006.

In 2004, the Scottish Studies Foundation endowed the position of Chair of Scottish Studies. This was a singular achievement of fundraising and generosity by the Scottish Canadian community which gave us a new lease of life. Both our past and our present international reputation give us pride and we look forward to the many exciting things the future may have in store!



  • Many wonderful things have been written about Alan McKenzie’s life and legacy, and there is no doubt he leaves behind a hole in the hearts of all those who knew him, especially his loving family and friends. Alan will also be remembered here at Guelph with no small degree of fondness. As a founding member and former President of the Scottish Studies Foundation, he has been instrumental in the development and success of Guelph’s Centre for Scottish Studies. He played a key role in organizing the endowment for the university’s Chair of Scottish Studies, without which there would be no Centre and likely no Scottish Studies at the University. As a result of Alan’s dedication and unceasing support, our Centre has been firmly established as the foremost research centre of its kind in North America. Our activities are the legacy of Alan and his fellow SSF members, who believe in our purpose and mandate to research, write, and instill others with our love of Scottish Studies. [continue reading full memorial]

Our Faculty

Prof Kevin James - Scottish Studies Foundation Chair, Professor of History
Prof Elizabeth Ewan - Professor of History
Prof Linda Mahood - Professor of History
Prof James Fraser - Professor of History
Prof Cynthia J. Neville - Professor of History
Prof Susannah Ferreira - Professor of History
Melissa McAfee - Archival and Special Collections, McLaughlin Library
Dr Sierra Dye - Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer of History

Contact Us

The Centre for Scottish Studies office is located in room 1008 of the MacKinnon Extension, in the Department of History. Volunteer staffing on a regular, but not a full-time, basis is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Scottish Studies Foundation. Visitors are welcome, although it is important to telephone or e-mail in advance to confirm our opening hours on the day of your visit. A collection of Scottish Studies theses completed at the Centre is kept in the office and the Scottish Studies Archival Collection is held at the McLaughlin Library.

Office Staff: Mariah Hudec & Lisa Baer-Tsarfati

(519) 824-4120 x 53209


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