Department of History

S. Karly Kehoe Profile

Karly Kehoe

Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities
McNally North 223
P: 902-420-5757

Dr S. Karly Kehoe is Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities. Prior to coming to Saint Mary’s she lived and worked in Scotland. She has been awarded research fellowships at the University of Guelph, Yale University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Durham University. Karly sits on the editorial boards of the Scottish Historical Review and the Innes Review and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. She is a member of the Global Young Academy and an alumna & former co-chair of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland. In addition to being a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, she serves on its executive committee and is a member of the steering committee of RSC Atlantic. 

Karly’s research specialism is religion, migration, and minority identities in the British Atlantic. Connected interests are sustainable development and rural change over the course of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her first book, Creating a Scottish Church: Catholicism, Gender and Ethnicity in Nineteenth-Century Scotland, is accompanied by numerous chapters and articles. Her second monograph (forthcoming) considers the ways in which the British Empire enabled Britain's religious peripheries to expand understandings of citizenship and belonging. She is the co-editor (with Jan-Christoph Heilinger and Eva Alisic) of Responsibility for Refugee and Migrant Integration volume with De Gruyter Publishers (forthcoming) and co-edits (with Chris Dalglish) the Histories of the Scottish North Atlantic book series with Edinburgh University Press. 

An advocate of displaced and at-risk academics, Karly works closely with a number of organizations to support these colleagues. For more information, please see these links: &

Selected Publications:


S. Karly Kehoe, Eva Alisic, and Jan-Christoph Heilinger, eds., Responsibility for Refugee and Migrant Integration, Berlin, De Gruyter (forthcoming, April 2019) 

Breitenbach, Esther, Fleming, Linda, S. Karly Kehoe and Orr, Lesley, A Documentary History of Women in Nineteenth-Century Scotland, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press (2013)  

S. Karly Kehoe, Creating a Scottish Church: Catholicism, Gender and Ethnicity in Nineteenth-Century Scotland, Manchester, Manchester University Press (2010) 

Peters, Brian, Forsyth-Hudson, Pamela, Karly Kehoe, The New Learning Guide: Education Opportunities, Alternatives, and Enhancements for Maritime Communities, Margaree, Margaree Education Coalition (2000) 

Articles and Chapters

S. Karly Kehoe, ‘Colonial Collaborators: Britain and the Catholic Church in Trinidad, c. 1820-1840’, Slavery & Abolition (2018).

S. Karly Kehoe and Chris Dalglish, ‘History, Heritage and Sustainable Development: A Position Statement on the Scottish Highlands,’ Northern Scotland. 9 (2018): 1-16. 

S. Karly Kehoe, ‘Catholic Relief and the Political Awakening of Irish Catholics in Nova Scotia, 1780-1830’, Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 46: 1 (2017): 1-20. 

S. Karly Kehoe, “From the Caribbean to the Scottish Highlands: Charitable Enterprise in the Age of Improvement, c.1750 to c.1820”, Rural History. 27:1 (2016): 37-59. 

S. Karly Kehoe and Darren Tierney, “‘Like a Kind Mother’: Imperial concerns and Britain’s changing perception of Rome, 1783-1815”, Special Issue of Historical Studies. 81 (2015): 11-31.

S. Karly Kehoe, “Border Crossings: Being Irish in Nineteenth-Century Scotland and Canada” in Irish Women in the Diaspora: Theories, Concepts and New Perspectives, Mary Hickman and Jim MacPherson, eds., Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2014: 152-67. 

 S. Karly Kehoe, “Accessing Empire: Irish Surgeons and the Royal Navy, 1850-1880,” Social History of Medicine. 26:2 (2013): 204-224. 

S. Karly Kehoe, “Unionism, Nationalism and the Scottish Catholic Periphery,” Britain and the World. 4:1 (2011): 65-83. 

S. Karly Kehoe, “Catholic identity in the Diaspora: Nineteenth-century Ontario,” Bluid, Kin and Countrie: Scottish Associational Culture in the Diaspora. Tanja Bueltmann, Andrew Hinson and Graeme Morton, eds., Toronto, Stewart Publishing, 2009: 83-100.  

S. Karly Kehoe, “Irish Migrants and the Recruitment of Catholic Sisters to Glasgow, 1847-1878” in Ireland and Scotland in the nineteenth century. Frank Ferguson and James McConnell, eds., Dublin, Four Courts, 2009: 35-47.  

S. Karly Kehoe, “The Venerable Margaret Sinclair: Edinburgh’s twentieth-century factory girl,” Feminist Theology. 16 (2008): 169-183. 

S. Karly Kehoe, “Nursing the Mission: The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and the Sisters of Mercy in Glasgow, 1847-1860,” Innes Review. 56 (2005): 46-60. 

Grants and Awards: 

Holland Visiting Fellowship, Durham University Residential Library (awarded for spring 2019) 

Strickland Visiting Scholar, Middle Tennessee State University (awarded for spring 2019)

CASE, Community Engaged Research Assistance Program, SMU Junior Research Leadership Program, principal investigator (2018)

Royal Society of Canada’s Colleges and New scholars, Artists, and Scientists, selected as member (2017-2025)

Global Young Academy, Migration and Human Rights Research Project Funding, co- principal investigator with Dr Jan-Christoph Heilinger, Dr Eva Alisic and Dr Liav Orgad (2017) 

Fritz Thyssen Siftung, Global Individual Responsibility: The Role of the Citizen in Refugee Integration, co-applicant with Dr Jan-Christoph Heilinger and Dr Eva Alisic (2017) 

Government of Canada, Canada Research Chairs, Tier II, (2016-2021) 

Saint Mary’s University, Research Award for the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Communities (2016-2021) 

Global Young Academy, appointed to the Global Young Academy (2015-2020) 

Royal Society of Edinburgh, Research Network Grant for Landscapes and Lifescapes: linking past rural development in the Scottish Highlands to its global context and its present-day legacies, co-principal investigator (2015) 

European Union Lifelong Learning Program Grant for Colonization and Decolonization in National History, Cultures and Memory Politics in European Perspective project, co-investigator (principle investigator, Professor Barbel Kuhn, University of Siegen, Germany) (2013-15)  

Arts and Humanities Research Council PhD Collaborative Studentship for Globalizing Communities: The Atlantic Slave Trade and the Socio-Economic Development of Northern Scotland, principle investigator (collaborative partner with the National Library of Scotland) (2013-16) 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant for Irish-Catholic Discourse and Social Mobility in Nineteenth-Century Halifax: the exemplary case of Holy Cross Cemetery project, co-investigator (principle investigator – Professor Mark McGowan, University of Toronto) (2013-15)  

Royal Society of Edinburgh, appointed to the Young Academy of Scotland (2013-2018)  

Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Award for the ‘Our Worthy Countrymen’?: Highland

Development and the West Indies, 1750-1850 project (2013)  

Beinecke Library Visiting Fellowship, Yale University (2012)  

Edinburgh Beltane Beacon for Public Engagement Challenge Award for the “Looking Back to Move Forward: Slavery and the Highlands” public engagement project (2012)  

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences Award, co-applicant with Professor Michael E. Vance, Saint Mary’s University (2012) 

Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland Research Support Award for Empire and Citizenship: Catholic Britons in Nova Scotia, 1783-1867, principle investigator (2012)  

Edinburgh Beltane Beacon for Public Engagement Grant for Looking Back to Move Forward: Slavery and the Highlands, project leader (2011)  

Wellcome Trust Research Expenses Award for Medicine and Catholics in British Society, 1800-1880, principle investigator (2010) 

Seed Corn Research Grant, UHI Millennium Institute (June to August 2009)  

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Guelph (2006 to 2008)