In my spare time I’m a historian and Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Humanities of the University of Glasgow. My main area of interest is integration of immigrants and their descendants into western European societies during the modern era.
At present I’m completing a monograph on changes in attitudes to immigrants in Britain between 1841 and 1921. In this work I use a historical and linguistic method for analyses of so far relatively unused primary sources, resulting in novel findings on an issue that’s current once again. The book will be published later this year by the Anthem Press.
I’m also a specialist on the subject of Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. The ‘Jews saving Jews’ forum of the the Arnold and Leona Finkler Institute of Holocaust Research is about to publish a book, for which I contributed a chapter about Jewish resistance in the Netherlands.
Here’s a selection of my academic publications in English.
This cannot happen here. Integration and Jewish resistance in the Netherlands, 1940-1945, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press (Studies of the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies), 2013.
Jews in Glasgow 1879-1939. Immigration and Integration, London, Vallentine Mitchell, 2007.
“Open Windows: Jewish Refugee Artists in Scotland during the Twentieth Century”, in S. Manz, P. Panayi (eds), Refugees and Cultural Transfer to Britain, London, Routledge, 2013.
“Immigrants”, in T.M. Devine and J. Wormald (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Modern Scottish History 1500-2010, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012.
“Living with the enemy: German immigrants in Nottingham during the First World War”, in Midland History, volume 42, 2017.
“The influence of immigration on the growth, urban concentration and composition of the Scottish population 1841-1911”, in Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, volume 32, 2012.
“Open Windows: Jewish Refugee Artists in Scotland during the Twentieth Century”, in Immigrants & Minorities, volume 30, 2012.
“Within Our Gates: A New Perspective on Germans in Glasgow during the First World War”, in Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, volume 29, 2009.
“The trial of Oscar Slater (1909) and anti-Jewish prejudices in Edwardian Glasgow”, in History, volume 88, 2003.