M. H. Beals
I am currently employed as a senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Sheffield Hallam Univeristy.
The main focus of my research and publication has been Scottish emigration, including both settlement communities and those who remained in Scotland, and I am particularly interested in the role ofnewspapers in public perceptions of demography and migration.My current research project is Here and There, Us and Them: Demography and the Imperial Public Sphere before Victoria. Using newspapers, literary magazines and other public documents, this project explores public perceptions of regional, economic, social and cultural identity at the start of the second British Empire and the relationship between demographic and economic pressures and cultural identity within the Anglophone world.
In my search for a more perfect understanding of past migrations, I have come to believe that those models that have been developed throughout the humanities and social sciences to describe modern globalisation can and should be used to understand the social, cultural and economic networks of the past. More importantly, should these models contradict historical evidence, this must be fed back to practitioners in other fields in order to better refine our collective knowledge.
To promote a more collaborative research community, I am an ardent supporter of social media for academic purposes and am happy to discuss my research and teaching through the various networks with which I am affiliated.
Sheffield Hallam University