I am a teaching fellow, archivist, and PhD student at the Elphinstone Institute. I teach on the MLitt programme and our undergraduate Scottish Folklore course. Subjects that I have taught include 'major' and 'minor' narrative genres, personal-experience narrative, immigrant folklore, digital folklore, ethnographic film theory, material culture and memorialisation, fieldwork practice and theory, and cataloguing and archiving.
I am also a doctoral candidate researching immigrant-experience narratives in the North-East of Scotland. Through narratives, I examine broad concepts of immigrant experience, such as home, space and time, religion and spirituality, as well as the movement and interconnectedness of place and people. This research is not a collection of statistical data, but rather an attempt to consider and understand individuals' creative expressions of and interactions with everyday life in Scotland. Reflexive ethnographic analysis of these narratives provides new fieldwork-derived perspectives on immigrant life, providing ground-level context for understanding immigrant experience.