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 in early 2009, she was then appointed to join the History team at Northumbria University, where she now works as Associate Professor in History.
Tanja's research interests are in diaspora and wider British World history, especially the social history of British and German immigrant communities and their ethnic associational culture. Tanja was Co-Investigator of the Locating the Hidden Diaspora: The English in North America in Transatlantic Perspective, 1760-1950 funded by the AHRC (2011-2014). She also continues to investigate the Scots abroad, both as part of this project and within other contexts. For details please visit The Scottish Diaspora Blog.
[with Don MacRaild], The English Diaspora in North America: Migration, Ethnicity and Association, 1730s-1950s (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016].
Clubbing Together: Ethnicity, Civility and Formal Sociability in the Scottish Diaspora to 1930 (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2014).
[with Andrew Hinson and Graeme Morton] The Scottish Diaspora (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013).
Scottish Ethnicity and the Making of New Zealand Society, 1850 to 1930 (Scottish Historical Review Monograph Series, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011).