? The English Diaspora

Dr Tanja Bueltmann

Dr Tanja Bueltmann


Tanja studied at the universities of Bielefeld and Edinburgh for her MA in British Cultural Studies, History and Sociology. With a strong background in Scottish History, she then moved to New Zealand to pursue her doctoral research on the country’s Scottish immigrant community. Funded by the New Zealand government, Tanja completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington at the end of 2008. Returning to Europe in early 2009, she was then appointed to join the History team at Northumbria University as Senior Research Assistant, taking up a Lectureship in History when that position ended.

The English Diaspora

Tanja's interest in the English Diaspora stems from here work on the Scots abroad and Scottish associations in particular. Having studied these in detail throughout the wider British World, the case of the English, an apparently 'invisible' group, is a fascinating one. English associational activity has been overlooked, but it amounted to a sustained demonstration of ethnic consciousness by any normal measure: the English planted ethnic markers in the form of societies very much like the Scots, Irish or Germans.


Tanja’s research interests are in British World history, especially the cultural and social history of English and Scottish immigrant communities. She is particularly interested in the two immigrant communities' associational life in New Zealand, North America and the wider British World.

Select Publications

Clubbing Together: Ethnicity, Civility and Formal Sociability in the Scottish Diaspora to 1930 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014).
[with Don MacRaild and David Gleeson], 'Invisible Diaspora? English Ethnicity in the United States before 1920', Journal of American Ethnic History 33, 4 (2014), pp. 5-30.
[with Andrew Hinson and Graeme Morton], The Scottish Diaspora (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013).
[with Don MacRaild], 'Globalising St George: English Associations in the Anglo-World to the 1930s', Journal of Global History, 7.1 (2012), pp. 79-105.
[as editor with David Gleeson and Don MacRaild], Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2012).
Scottish Ethnicity and the Making of New Zealand Society, 1850 to 1930 (Scottish Historical Review Monograph Series, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011).
[as editor with Andrew Hinson and Graeme Morton] Ties of Bluid, Kin and Countrie: Scottish Associational Culture in the Diaspora (Guelph: Guelph Series in Scottish Studies 2009).

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