Department of History

S. Karly Kehoe Profile

Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities
McNally North 223
P: 902-420-5757

Dr S. Karly Kehoe is the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities. Prior to coming to Saint Mary’s she lived and worked in Scotland. She has held research fellowships at the University of Guelph and Yale University, sits on the editorial board of the Scottish Historical Review, and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Kehoe is also co-chair of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland and in 2015 she was appointed to the Global Young Academy. 

Her research interests include religion, migration, and identity among Scottish and Irish communities in the British Atlantic. She also investigates sustainable development and rural change in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her first book, Creating a Scottish Church: Catholicism, Gender and Ethnicity in Nineteenth-Century Scotland, is accompanied by numerous chapters and articles. She is currently working on her second monograph which considers the ways in which the British Empire enabled Britain's religious peripheries to expand understandings of citizenship and belonging.

She currently leads the Landscapes and Lifescapes project (RSE-funded) which brings together academics (historians, geographers and archaeologists), archivists, librarians and community researchers to explore the links between development in the historic Scottish Highlands and the Caribbean. Phase I was funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh and focused on the Scottish Highlands; Phase II will incorporate the links that Scottish Highland and Irish Diasporas in Atlantic Canada had with the Caribbean and the economy that revolved around plantation slavery. Like the project on Facebook: 

Selected Publications:


Breitenbach, Esther, Fleming, Linda, S. Karly Kehoe and Orr, Lesley, A Documentary History of Women in Nineteenth-Century Scotland, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press (2013) 

S. Karly Kehoe, Creating a Scottish Church: Catholicism, Gender and Ethnicity in Nineteenth-Century Scotland, Manchester, Manchester University Press (2010) 

Peters, Brian, Forsyth-Hudson, Pamela, Karly Kehoe, The New Learning Guide: Education Opportunities, Alternatives, and Enhancements for Maritime Communities, Margaree, Margaree Education Coalition (2000)  

Articles and Chapters

S. Karly Kehoe, “From the Caribbean to the Scottish Highlands: Charitable Enterprise in the Age of Improvement, c.1750 to c.1820”, Rural History. 27:1 (2016), pp. 37-59. 

S. Karly Kehoe and Darren Tierney, “‘Like a Kind Mother’: Imperial concerns and Britain’s changing perception of Rome, 1783-1815”, Special Issue of Historical Studies. 81 (2015), pp. 11-31.  

S. Karly Kehoe, “Border Crossings: Being Irish in Nineteenth-Century Scotland and Canada” in Irish Women in the Diaspora: Theories, Concepts and New Perspectives, Mary Hickman and Jim MacPherson, eds., Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2014: 152-67. 

 S. Karly Kehoe, “Accessing Empire: Irish Surgeons and the Royal Navy, 1850-1880,” Social History of Medicine. 26:2 (2013): 204-224. 

S. Karly Kehoe, “Unionism, Nationalism and the Scottish Catholic Periphery,” Britain and the World. 4:1 (2011): 65-83. 

S. Karly Kehoe, “Catholic identity in the Diaspora: Nineteenth-century Ontario,” Bluid, Kin and Countrie: Scottish Associational Culture in the Diaspora. Tanja Bueltmann, Andrew Hinson and Graeme Morton, eds., Toronto, Stewart Publishing, 2009: 83-100.  

S. Karly Kehoe, “Irish Migrants and the Recruitment of Catholic Sisters to Glasgow, 1847-1878” in Ireland and Scotland in the nineteenth century. Frank Ferguson and James McConnell, eds., Dublin, Four Courts, 2009: 35-47.  

S. Karly Kehoe, “The Venerable Margaret Sinclair: Edinburgh’s twentieth-century factory girl,” Feminist Theology. 16 (2008): 169-183. 

S. Karly Kehoe, “Nursing the Mission: The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and the Sisters of Mercy in Glasgow, 1847-1860,” Innes Review. 56 (2005): 46-60.  

 Grants and Awards: 

Global Young Academy, appointed to the Global Young Academy (2015-2020) 

Royal Society of Edinburgh, Research Network Grant for Landscapes and Lifescapes: linking past rural development in the Scottish Highlands to its global context and its present-day legacies, co-principal investigator (2015) 

European Union Lifelong Learning Program Grant for Colonization and Decolonization in National History, Cultures and Memory Politics in European Perspective project, co-investigator (principle investigator, Professor Barbel Kuhn, University of Siegen, Germany) (2013-15) 

Arts and Humanities Research Council PhD Collaborative Studentship for Globalizing Communities: The Atlantic Slave Trade and the Socio-Economic Development of Northern Scotland, principle investigator (collaborative partner with the National Library of Scotland) (2013-16) 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant for Irish-Catholic Discourse and Social Mobility in Nineteenth-Century Halifax: the exemplary case of Holy Cross Cemetery project, co-investigator (principle investigator – Professor Mark McGowan, University of Toronto) (2013-15) 

Royal Society of Edinburgh, appointed to the Young Academy of Scotland (2013-2018) 

Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Award for the ‘Our Worthy Countrymen’?: Highland Development and the West Indies, 1750-1850 project (2013) 

Beinecke Library Visiting Fellowship, Yale University (2012) 

Edinburgh Beltane Beacon for Public Engagement Challenge Award for the “Looking Back to Move Forward: Slavery and the Highlands” public engagement project (2012) 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences Award, co-applicant with Professor Michael E. Vance, Saint Mary’s University (2012) 

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Support Award for Empire and Citizenship: Catholic Britons in Nova Scotia, 1783-1867, principle investigator (2012) 

Edinburgh Beltane Beacon for Public Engagement Grant for Looking Back to Move Forward: Slavery and the Highlands, project leader (2011) 

Wellcome Trust Research Expenses Award for Medicine and Catholics in British Society, 1800-1880, principle investigator (2010) 

Seed Corn Research Grant, UHI Millennium Institute (June to August 2009) 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Guelph (2006 to 2008)