Karly Kehoe


karly kehoe

Associate Professor
Graduate Coordinator, Atlantic Canada Studies

Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities
McNally North 225
P: 902-420-5757
E:  karly.kehoe@smu.ca

Dr. S. Karly Kehoe is the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities. Karly’s primary research areas are religion, migration, and minority identities in the north Atlantic, but she is also interested in sustainable development and rural change in Nova Scotia and the Scottish Highlands. 

Prior to coming to Saint Mary’s, she lived and worked in Scotland. Karly has held research fellowships at the University of Guelph, Yale University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Durham University. She is the convenor of the Scottish Historical Review, sits on the editorial board of the Innes Review, and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She is a alumna of the Global Young Academy and president of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. 

Karly is co-editor (with Chris Dalglish) of the Histories of the Scottish North Atlantic book series with Edinburgh University Press and is the board chairperson of the Gorsebrook Research Institute for Atlantic Canada Studies. She is also an advocate of academic researchers displaced by war, conflict and threats of violence. For more information, see:


Selected Publications:

S. Karly Kehoe, Empire and Emancipation: Scottish and Irish Catholics at the Atlantic Fringe, 1780 - 1850, University of Toronto Press (In Press, due Feb 2022) 

S. Karly Kehoe and Michael E. Vance, eds., British Colonization in Atlantic Canada, 1700-1900: A Reappraisal, Edinburgh University Press (2020) 

S. Karly Kehoe, Eva Alisic, and Jan-Christoph Heilinger, eds., Responsibility for Refugee and Migrant Integration, Berlin, De Gruyter (2019) 

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

Ciaran O’Neill and S. Karly Kehoe, ‘Was there a Catholic Atlantic?’ for a special issue of Journal of Victorian Culture, ‘Locating the backstage of Victorian religion: Spaces of Irish Catholicism’ (Accepted, forthcoming, 2022)  

S. Karly Kehoe, ‘Jacobites, Jamaica and the Establishment of a Highland Catholic Community in the Canadian Maritimes’, Scottish Historical Review. 100:2 (2021): 199-217. https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/full/10.3366/shr.2021.0515 In Press, due autumn 2021) 

S. Karly Kehoe, ‘Catholic Highland Scots and the Colonization of Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton Island, 1772-1830’ in Reappraisals of British Colonization in Atlantic Canada, 1700-1900, S. Karly Kehoe and Michael E. Vance, eds. (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2020), pp.77-92. 

S. Karly Kehoe, ‘Historical Perspectives on Migrant Integration in Atlantic Canada, 1812-1825,’ Responsibility for Refugee and Migrant Integration, S. Karly Kehoe, Jan-Christoph Heilinger, and Eva Alisic, eds. (Berlin, De Gruyter Publishers, 2019), pp. 65-80. 

S. Karly Kehoe, Women Religious and the Development of Scottish Education,’ A History of Catholic Schools and Education in Scotland: New Perspectives, Stephen McKinney and Raymond McCluskey, eds. (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), pp. 61-80. 

S. Karly Kehoe, ‘Colonial Collaborators: Britain and the Catholic Church in Trinidad, c. 1820-1840’, Slavery & Abolition. 40:1 (2018): 130-46. https://doi.org/10.1080/0144039X.2018.1468386 

S. Karly Kehoe and Chris Dalglish, ‘History, Heritage and Sustainable Development: A Position Statement on the Scottish Highlands,’ Northern Scotland. 9 (2018): 1-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/nor.2018.0142 

S. Karly Kehoe, ‘Catholic Relief and the Political Awakening of Irish Catholics in Nova Scotia, 1780-1830,’ Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. 46: 1 (2017): 1-20. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03086534.2017.1390893 

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): 37-59. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0956793315000151 

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

S. Karly Kehoe, “Accessing Empire: Irish Surgeons and the Royal Navy, 1850-1880,” Social History of Medicine. 26:2 (2013): 204-224.  http://shm.oxfordjournals.org/content/26/2/204.full.pdf+html 

S. Karly Kehoe, “Unionism, Nationalism and the Scottish Catholic Periphery,” Britain and the World. 4:1 (2011): 65-83. http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/brw.2011.0005 

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), pp. 83-100.  

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

S. Karly Kehoe, “The Venerable Margaret Sinclair: Edinburgh’s twentieth-century factory girl,” Feminist Theology. 16 (2008): 169-183. http://fth.sagepub.com/content/16/2/169.short

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. http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/inr.2005.56.1.46

Grants and Awards: 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Development Grant, A Catholic Atlantic? Minority Agency in the British World, 1763-1860, principal investigator (2019-2021) 

Trinity Long Room Hub Visiting Research Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin (awarded for April and May 2020) 

Holland Visiting Fellowship, Durham University Residential Library (2019) 

Strickland Visiting Scholar, Middle Tennessee State University (2019) 

Government of Canada, Canada Research Chairs, Early Career Research Award (2018-20) 

CASE, Community Engaged Research Assistance Program, SMU Junior Research Leadership Program, principal investigator (2018) 

Royal Society of Canada’s Colleges and New scholars, Artists, and Scientists, selected as member (2017-2025) 

Global Young Academy, Migration and Human Rights Research Project Funding, co-principal investigator with Dr Jan-Christoph Heilinger, Dr Eva Alisic and Dr Liav Orgad (2017) 

Fritz Thyssen Siftung, Global Individual Responsibility: The Role of the Citizen in Refugee Integration, co-applicant with Dr Jan-Christoph Heilinger and Dr Eva Alisic (2017) 

Government of Canada, Canada Research Chairs, Tier II, (2016-2021) 

Saint Mary’s University, Research Award for the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities (2016-2021) 

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 (principal 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, principal 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 (principal 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, principal 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, principal 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) 


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