Tanja Bueltmann


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am a historian of migration and diaspora, exploring a range of topics connected to Scottish and wider British outward movements to a broad range of locations around the world from c1750. In particular, my main research interest is in immigrant community life, especially ethnic associational culture and how immigrants have employed it in different locations. In my current research, I also examine the role of associations in shaping EU citizens’ collective action in the context of Brexit. 

Beyond my immediate research, I also have long since been keen to engage the wider public with my research, and I work with NGOs, community groups and museums to do so.

I was Principal Investigator of the ESRC Future Research Leaders project ‘European, Ethnic and Expatriate: A Longitudinal Comparison of British and German Social Networking and Associational Formations in Modern-day Asia’. The project concluded in late 2016 and Tanja is currently finishing a monograph informed by the project research.

Prior to that, I was Co-Investigator of the AHRC funded project ‘Locating the Hidden Diaspora: The English in North America in Transatlantic Perspective, 1760-1950’, 2011-13. My research as part of the project concentrated on exploring the diverse forms of associationalism among the English in North America, including ethnic mutualism. A co-authored monograph entitled The English Diaspora in North America: Migration, Ethnicity and Association, 1730s-1950s was recently published in paperback.

I joined Strathclyde in August 2020 and welcome enquiries from prospective Masters and doctoral students interested in a broad range of topics in migration and diaspora history.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Victoria University, Wellington

Award Date: 23 Mar 2009

Master of Arts, University of Bielefeld

Award Date: 1 Aug 2005

External positions

External Exminer in History, University of Aberdeen

1 Oct 2018 → …


  • Migration
  • Diaspora
  • History


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