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Prof Tanja Bueltmann

Faculty Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor

Department: Humanities

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Tanja studied at the universities of Bielefeld and Edinburgh for her MA in British Cultural Studies, History and Sociology. With a strong background in Scottish history, she then moved to New Zealand to pursue her doctoral research on the country's Scottish immigrant community. Funded by the New Zealand government, Tanja completed her PhD at Victoria University of Wellington at the end of 2008. Returning to Europe thereafter, Tanja was appointed to join the History team at Northumbria in early 2009 and became Professor in History in 2017.


  • History PhD January 01 2009
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Tanja is a historian of migration and diaspora. Her main research interests are in wider British World history, especially the cultural and social history of Scottish, English and German immigrant communities. She is particularly interested in the communities' associational life in North America, the Antipodes and parts of Asia. Tanja has long since been keen to engage the wider public with her research, and works with community groups and museums to do so, particularly through a long-standing collaboration with the National Museum of Scotland. Tanja is also a prolific commentator on wider social and political issues, having written for the Guardian and the Conversation among others. 

Tanja was Principal Investigator of the project 'European, Ethnic and Expatriate: A Longitudinal Comparison of British and German Social Networking and Associational Formations in Modern-day Asia'. The project was funded by the ESRC and concluded in September 2016. Tanja is currently writing a monograph informed by the project research. 

Prior to that Tanja was Co-Investigator of the AHRC funded project 'Locating the Hidden Diaspora: The English in North America in Transatlantic Perspective, 1760-1950', 2011-13. Her research as part of the project concentrated on exploring the diverse forms of associationalism among the English. A co-authored monograph entitled The English Diaspora in North America: Migration, Ethnicity and Association, 1730s-1950s was recently published. 

Tanja's interest in the English diaspora stems from her work on the Scots abroad and Scottish associations in particular. In 2010, Tanja was awarded a Small Research Grant from the British Academy for her project 'Ethnicity, Associationalism and Civility: The Scots in Singapore and Hong Kong in Comparative Perspective'. Since then Tanja has continued to explore different aspects of the Scots' ethnic associational life, identity and culture overseas, also working with museums and communities in Scotland and abroad for knowledge exchange and outreach.

Key Publications

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  • British and Irish diasporas, MacRaild, D., Bueltmann, T., Clark, J. 1 Jan 2019
  • Hong Kong and British Culture, 1945–97, Bueltmann, T. Feb 2017, In: The American Historical Review
  • Mutual, Ethnic and Diasporic, Bueltmann, T. 2017, English Ethnicity and Culture in North America, Columbia, SC, University of South Carolina Press
  • Ethnic Associationalism and Networking among the Scots in Asia: A Longitudinal Comparison, c.1870 to the Present, Bueltmann, T. 2016, The Scottish Experience in Asia, c.1700 to the Present, Palgrave
  • Making home in a sojourner world: Organised ethnicity and British associationalism in Singapore, c1880s-1930s, Bueltmann, T., Robinson, L. Aug 2016, In: Britain and the World
  • Scottish ethnic associationalism, military identity and diaspora connections in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Bueltmann, T. Apr 2016
  • The English diaspora in North America, Bueltmann, T., MacRaild, D. Nov 2016
  • Clubbing Together: Ethnicity, Civility and Formal Sociability in the Scottish Diaspora to 1930, Bueltmann, T. Sep 2014
  • Invisible Diaspora? English Ethnicity in the United States before 1920, Bueltmann, T., Gleeson, D., MacRaild, D. 2014, In: Journal of American Ethnic History
  • Anglo-Saxonism and the Racialization of the English Diaspora, Bueltmann, T. May 2012, Locating the English Diaspora, 1500-2010, Liverpool, UK, Liverpool University Press

PGR Supervision

Robert Jones The China Association: Fostering Trade, Networks and Sociability, 1889 to circa 1955 Start: 07/10/2014


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