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National Identity; Nationalism, Scotland, UK Politics; American Politics; Identity/Brexit, Politics and Culture

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Murray Leith has lectured at universities in Scotland and the United States, and has been at UWS since 2007. He has widely published on several aspects of Scottish, British and US politics, Diaspora Studies, nationalism, national identity, independence and Union. His current research involves studies of nationalism and national identity, especially in contemporary Scotland (and the wider UK), the Scottish Diaspora in Europe and the US, as well as considering devolution in the UK and wider aspects of Scottish politics and society.

His current projects include a consideration of contemporary Scotland, on which he has just published with Manchester University Press, and the wider Scottish Diaspora, including the Returned Diaspora and Scots living in England. He has recently completed, as Joint Project Co-ordinator leading a consortium of five international partners, an Erasmus + funded project involving European and national Identity, and he is also working on a Ministry of Defence Funded project entitled 'Unforgotten Forces, considering welfare services for aged veterans in Scotland.

Area of academic expertise - outline

Scottish & British Politics, US Politics and Identity, Nationalism, National Identity, and the wider Scottish Diaspora.

Desired research direction

Scottishness and Scotland in the 21st century; The Scottish Diaspora; The New Age of Nationalism in America; Politics and Identity post Brexit

Target collaborative organisations

Scottish Government, US governmental bodies, third sector organisations in the UK, Europe and the US.


Other areas of expertise available for knowledge exchange

United States of America; politics, society, policy

Identity and Belonging in Contemporary UK and Europe

Scottish politics, culture and society

External positions

Editorial Board member, National Identities (Taylor & Francis Journal)

1 Nov 2017 → …


  • JA Political science (General)
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • JK Political institutions (United States)


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