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Dr Colin Nicolson

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History University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr Colin Nicolson

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Colin Nicolson is a leading expert on the history of the American Revolution. His work focuses on the origins of the Revolution in colonial Boston and the Imperial Crisis of 1765-1776. He is an elected fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and an elected member of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. He is currently editing the sixth and final volume of the Papers of Francis Bernard and has just a published a book on the pre-Revolutionary politics and friendship of John Adams. He loves family, fine books, and music, and is a dedicated writer and enthusiastic teacher.

He presently supervises seven researchers working on friendship in colonial America, Massachusetts privateers, John Adams, and US-French diplomacy, 1778-88. He encourages PhD applications from those aiming to investigate the American Revolution Era, Friendship, John Adams, Revolutionary biography and prosopography. Successfully completed PhDs: Nicola Martin, "The Cultural Paradigms of British Imperialism in the Militarisation of Scotland and North America, 1745-1775," (2019). Dr. Martin is presently teaching at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Shaun Wallace, "Slave Fugitivity and Literacy in Georgia and Maryland, 1790-1810," (2018). Dr. Wallace is a member of the history faculty at the University of Bristol. Christopher F. Minty "Mobilization and Voluntarism: The Political Origins of Loyalism in New York, c. 1768–1778," (2015). Dr. Minty is currently an assistant editor at the Adams Papers Editorial Project and is the author of the forthcoming The Sons of Britain” The Revolutionary Origins of Loyalism in New York City (Cornell Univ. Press). Stuart Salmon "The Loyalist regiments of the American Revolution" (2010). Dr. Salmon is presently teaching at the University of Edinburgh.

Community Contribution

Scottish Qualifications Authority
Scottish Education Department and Scottish Qualifications Authority: Question setter (1995-2001) and Principal Examiner (1998-2001) for (a) the CSYS in History and (b) the Advanced Higher in History, both in field of study (g): the American Civil War. Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum and Higher Still Development Unit. Consultant on the preparation of study packs for the new Advanced Higher in American History, 2000-2001.

Divisional / Faculty Contribution

Director of Undergraduate Programmes in History. School of Arts and Humanities: History and Politics Division

Research Committee. School of History and Politics

Postgraduate Director. School of History and Politics

Student Recruitment Officer. Department of History

Website Administrator. School of History and Politics

Faculty of Arts

staff appointment committees

Faculty of Arts

Board member and subject representative

Deputy Director for Postgraduate Training (School of Arts and Humanities)
Since 2012, have recently taken a lead role in developing doctoral training in the School of Arts and Humanities.Doctoral training provided by the School of Arts and Humanities (SAH) complements the Skills Development Programme run by the university's Stirling Graduate School (SGS). While the SGS programme focuses largely on researcher development and generic skills, the SAH activities concentrate on enhancing and applying subject skills within and beyond the academic environment. The SAH Postgraduate Skills Week in December, run jointly with the School of Applied Social Science, offers cross-disciplinary sessions on employability skills (writing, teaching, presenting research papers, publishing research, and understanding the impact agenda) and two days of intensive subject-focused sessions covering qualitative and quantitative research methods and topical research issues and approaches. I also co-ordinate Arts Training Modules for Masters programmes.

Education

Ph.D.

M.A. Hons. in History, summa cum laude

Event / Presentation

Response to Neil York on 'Plato and the American President: Thirty-five as the Age of Eligibility'. Seminar in Constitutional Thought and History

Panel on a Paper by Prof. Neil L. York. Participants: 

John Adams and the US Presidency. A Response to Neil York on 'Plato and the American President: Thirty-five as the Age of Eligibility'. Seminar on Constitutional Thought and History

Panel on Neil York on 'Plato and the American President: Thirty-five as the Age of Eligibility'

Imaginary Friends: John Adams and Jonathan Sewall, and their American Revolution. Loyalism and Loyalty in the British Empire Workshop

This workshop explores the meaning, character and diversity of loyalism in the British Empire. Inspired by a recent growth in the literature on loyalism in old- and new-world contexts, Loyalism and Loyalty in the British Empire is intended to deepen our understanding of a topic which connects with numerous themes in British, imperial and British World studies, but one which has so far lacked a comparative perspective that considers how loyalism and loyalists differed across time and space.

John Adams and the British Question. British Group in Early American History Annual Conference

http://www.britishearlyamerica.stir.ac.uk/conference.html

Friendship in Tough Times: John Adams and the Terrors of War, 1775. School of Arts and Humanities (Stirling) Postgraduate Conference, 2014. Inter-Disciplinary Reflections in Adversity
University of Stirling

The Stirling experience: intermediate assessment. Higher Education Academy. East Midlands Workshop. Preparing Undergraduates for the Dissertation
Higher Education Academy

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/…tation_20100616/
The workshop had been devised as a regional event – hopefully the first of many in the East Midlands – to discuss the key issues involved in preparing students, and indeed departments, for the undergraduate dissertation.

A Plan “to banish all the Scotchmen”: Victimization and Political Mobilization in Pre-Revolutionary Boston . Global Nations? Irish and Scottish Expansion since the 16th Century

Governor Francis Bernard and the Origins of the American Revolution. University of Edinburgh Modern History Research Seminar Series

The "Infamas Govener": Francis Bernard and the American Revolution. University of Stirling, Department of History, Research Seminar Programme 1995

The ‘Infamas Govener:’ Francis Bernard and the Origins of the American Revolution in Massachusetts. British Association of American Studies, Annual Conference

Negotiating British Imperialism: Gov. Francis Bernard and the Imperial Crisis, 1764-1769
Colonial Society of Massachusetts
http://boston1775.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=colin+nicolson

Making Boston Pay: Or How To Defend An Empire Without Provoking A Revolution. University of Dundee, History Department Research Seminar Programme 2005

Presenter. Book Launch for Bernard Papers Vol. 2
Colonial Society of Massachusetts

Negotiating British Imperialism: Gov. Francis Bernard and the Stamp Act Crisis, 1764-67. Colonial Society of Massachusetts Annual Meeting, 2012

Examining

Iain MacIver, PhD, "Revolutionary Governorship: The Evolution of Executive Power in Virginia, 1758-1781"
University of Edinburgh

Iain MacIver, PhD, "Revolutionary Governorship: The Evolution of Executive Power in Virginia, 1758-1781"

MPhil in History
University of Glasgow

MPhil in American Studies

Ph.D by Dr. Finn Pollard “In Search of “the American, this new man”: The Literary Quest for an American National Character, 1760-1826

MSc. in Historical Research
University of Edinburgh

History Degree Programme
University of Dundee

American History 2

Coffee, Chocolate and Tobacco: Overseas Trade and European Consumption
University of Glasgow

Other Academic Activities

peer reviewer for articles submitted
The William and Mary Quarterly, The Journal of American History, The Historian and Massachusetts Historical Review

Other Project

Imaginary Friends

A study of the friendships of John Adams during the advent of the American Revolution, 1760-76.

The Bernard Papers Project

http://bernardpapers.com
The Bernard Papers project is publishing a multi-volume documentary edition of the papers of Francis Bernard, governor of colonial Massachusetts between 1760 and 1769. Edited by Colin Nicolson (University of Stirling),the Bernard Paperswill provide five volumes oftranscribed manuscriptsfor the study of colonial Massachusetts and the American Revolution, followed by a calendar volume of Gov. Bernard's entire collection. Bernard's entire collection. The projectaims to understand how andwhyimperial officials in the American Colonies struggled to implement Britishcolonial policy in the face of an incipient revolutionary movement. It provides research materials for historiansinvestigating transatlantic connections, political behavior, and ideology, andreveals the disintegration of British imperialism in Massachusetts before the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War in 1775. stablished in 2000, the Bernard Papers is funded by the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. In 2011 the editor was awarded a Research Fellowship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) to complete research for the project. The AHRC evaluation described the Bernard Papers project as "an outstanding proposal meeting world-class standards of scholarship, originality, quality and significance."

Professional membership

Scottish Association for the Study of America
Scottish Association for the Study of America
Founding member and office-bearer: secretary (1999-2001), treasurer, 2001; chair (2003-05).

British Association for American Studies
Royal Historical Society, Organization of American Historians and European Association of American Studies

Elected Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society
Massachusetts Historical Review
http://www.masshist.org/about

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Royal Historical Society
http://www.royalhistoricalsociety.org/

Royal Historical Society
Royal Historical Society

Elected Member Colonial Society of Massachusetts
Colonial Society of Massachusetts

Organization of American Historians
Organization of American Historians

European Association of American Studies
European Association of American Studies

University Contribution

School of Arts and Humanities

 Co-ordinator of postgraduate training in ARTP01 and ARTP02.

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