Wisconsin in Scotland

Spring 2019

Participants in the spring program enroll in a minimum of 15 credits offered in a module format. In this format, courses are taught one at a time in three-week blocks. You'll enroll in only one course per module. The descriptions provided below indicate the module the course will be offered. The required Scotland: Society and Globalization course runs through the entirety of the semester on Monday evenings. Dates for the spring program can be found on our calendars page.

Course & Textbook


REQUIRED: Scotland: Society & Globalization /Scottish Professor Gerry Mooney/3

Scotland: Society & Globalization is a wide-ranging course that explores different aspects of contemporary Scottish society. Locating Scotland in its historical and global contexts, the course focuses on many of the key social, economic, cultural and political issues that face Scotland today. It considers many of the ways that globalization can be said to be impacting on Scottish economy and society and take a multi- and inter-disciplinary approach. The course draws on sociology, social policy, social history and human geography. The course emphasizes the importance & usefulness of comparative and transnational comparisons for the understanding of developments in a particular national context. Comparisons between different aspects of Scottish and US societies will occupy centre stage; students will be required to reflect on points of similarity & convergence between US & Scottish/UK society.

Textbook(s):Textbook provided in Scotland; no purchase required.

Lake Superior State University: POLI 377/3 cr.

Murray State University (KY): SOC 465: Globalization; HIS 390: Special Topics

Normandale Community College: HIST Elective/3 cr. (5, 8)

UW-Colleges: GEN EL/General Elective/3 cr.

UW-Oshkosh: SS Elective 008U (SS)

UW-River Falls: WIS 305/Scotland: Society & Globalization/3 cr., Liberal Arts (HF), GE (GP)

UW-Stout: CAHSS 205/Scotland: Society & Globalization/3 cr.

UW-Superior: SOCI 201/Social Problems in Global Perspectives/3 cr. (Social Inquiry)

UW-Whitewater: LSINDP 999/L&S Interdisciplinary elective/3 cr. (GI)

MODULE 1: British History/Scottish Professor Ian Donnachie and Dan Bochman (UWRF) /3 cr.

This elective course for students on the Experience Scotland program is an introduction to Scottish history from early times through to the nineteenth century. Students will study a range of political, social and cultural factors which have shaped the history of Scotland, as an independent nation and as part of the United Kingdom. These will include: the development of a kingdom, the Wars of Independence, the role of the church, the dramatic events of Mary Queen of Scots' reign, the Union of Crowns, witches and witch hunting, the Civil War, Union of Parliaments, the Jacobites and the Highland Clearances and students will be able to experience and contextualize the material covered in the course during their time in Scotland.

Textbook(s): Textbook provided in Scotland; no purchase required.

Lake Superior State University:  HIST 277/3 cr.

Murray State University (KY): HIS 410: Modern Britain

Normandale Community College: HIST Elective
/3 cr. (5, 8)

UW-Colleges: HIST Elective/3 cr.

UW-Oshkosh: History 008/3 cr. (SS)

UW-River Falls: WIS 200/British History/3 cr., Liberal Arts (SB)

UW-Stout: HIST GXX/History Elective/3 cr. (ARHU-HIST)

UW-Superior: HIST 289/Special Topics: British History/3 cr. (Humanities/History)

UW-Whitewater: HISTRY 999/History Elective/3 cr.

MODULE 1: Scotland: Heritage and Culture/Scottish Professor Gerry Mooney/3

Explores a number of different themes which will be of interest to students - and which will tie in with other aims of widening the opportunities for external engagement for many of the students including: Exploring Scottish Cultural Traditions, Heritage: Exploring the 'Scottish Brand', Exporting Scotland, and Sport & Society in Modern Scotland. Just as there are multiple America's, dependent upon the traditions, beliefs, expectations, and cultures that developed in each area, multiple Scotland's exist. By understanding the heritage/culture of Scotland, students will be able to see how society is structured today as well as see the reason for debates about the direction Scotland will head in the future.

Textbook(s): Textbook provided in Scotland; no purchase required.

Lake Superior State University: SDGE, Cultural Diversity General Education/3 cr.

Murray State University (KY): HIS 390: Special Topics-Scotland

UW-Oshkosh: SS Elective 008U (SS)

UW-River Falls: WIS 310/Scotland: Heritage & Culture/3 cr.

UW-Stout: CAHSS 210/Scotland: Culture & Heritage/3 cr.

UW-Superior: ANTH 289/Anthropology Elective/3 cr. meets general education requirement: World Languages, Cultures, Philosophy

UW-Whitewater: ANTHRPL 999/Anthropology Elective/3 cr.

MODULE 2: Poetry/Apryl Vidlak/Gogebic Community College/3

This course is for the college student who is beginning a serious study of literature and introduces students to the nature and function of poetry's fundamental components (image, sound, interplay of concepts). It also provides practice in formal and thematic analysis. The course gives the student a sufficient grasp of the nature and variety of poetry, some reasonable means for reading it with appreciative understanding, and primary ideas of how to evaluate it and write it. Students will work within a workshop atmosphere providing and accepting critiques of their own work and the work of others.

Students will attend local events such as those held by The Shore Poets and other local poetry gatherings and open mic performances, as well as visit the Scottish Poetry Library.

Textbook: will use available resources, no textbook purchase required

Lake Superior State University: ENGL 302

Murray State University:ENG 342/Introduction to Writing Poetry/ 3 cr. 

UW-River Falls: ENGL 233/Poetry/3 cr.

UW-Stout: LIT GXX/Literature Elective/3 cr. (ARHU-LIT)

UW-Superior: WRIT 250/Introduction to Creative Writing/3 cr. (Fine Arts/Aesthetic Experience)

UW-Whitewater: ENGLISH 9999H/English Elective/3 cr.

MODULE 2: Survey of Economics/Brooks Herrboldt/Normandale Community College/3 cr.

A survey of microeconomic and macroeconomic principles illustrated by a discussion of current economic policies, issues, and problems. This course cannot be taken for credit after ECON 2201 (principles of microeconomics) or ECON 2202 (principles of macroeconomics). This course is not intended to satisfy the entrance prerequisites for most four-year programs in economics, business, or accounting.

Since Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, lived in the Edinburgh area, his life and theories will be weaved into this course.  We will visit the following Adam Smith related sites - The Royal Exchange and Custom House, the Adam Smith statue on Royal Mile, Panmure House (Adam Smith's house), Adam Smith's grave site. We will also invite a representative from the Adam Smith Institute in London to give a presentation.

Textbook: no text needs to be purchased, some e-texts (free) may be utilized

Lake Superior State University: ECON 177

Murray State University: ECO 140/Contemporary Economics/ 3 cr.

Normandale Community College: ECON 1400/Survey of Economics/3 cr.

UW-River Falls:ECON 100/Modern Economics/3 cr.

UW-Stout: ECON 201/General Economics/3 cr. (SBSC/GLP)

UW-Superior: ECON 235/Economics in Society/3 cr. (Social Sciences UTCA)

UW-Whitewater: ECON 999/Economics Elective/3 cr.



MODULE 2: General Psychology/Melanie Ayres/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This introductory behavioral science course emphasizes research methods, the biological basis of behavior, human development, learning, memory, social and abnormal behavior. The course is included in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area of the General Education Requirements.

This course may include visits to the National Galleries of Scotland, the Glasgow Science Center or National Museum of Scotland, or other course-related field trips. Student will have the opportunity to conduct mini research projects that apply course concepts.

Textbook: TBD

Lake Superior State University: PSYC 101

Murray State University: PSY 180/ General Psychology/ 3 cr.

UW-River Falls: PSYC 101/General Psychology/3 cr. SB (Social and Behavioral Sciences)

UW-Stout: PSYC 110/General Psychology/3 cr. (SBSC)

UW-Superior: PSYC 101/Introduction to Psychology/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: PSYCH 211/Introductory Psychology/3 cr. (Social Sciences UTCA)

MODULE 2: Antiracist Rhetorics/Jamie White-Farnham/UW-Superior/3

Looking at contemporary movements and organizations in Scotland such as UNISON or the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights. Students will learn about antiracist rhetorics, analyze the arguments of contemporary antiracist movements and organizations (such as Black Lives Matter and others), and create antiracist arguments of their own aimed at specific audiences

Prerequisites: Successful completion of WRIT 102 or instructor consent.

Textbook: Provided by the professor as pdfs or online links

Lake Superior State University: ENGL 377

Murray State University: ENGL 332/ Contemporary Rhetoric/ 3 cr.

UW-River Falls: ENGL 389/Special Topics in English/3 cr.

UW-Superior: WRIT 450/Special Topics in Rhetoric/3 cr. 

UW-Whitewater: ENGLISH9999DV/English Elective(diversity course)/3 cr.

MODULE 3: Mythology/Apryl Vidlak/Gogebic Community College/3

This course focuses on the mythology of Greece and Rome, traditionally called "Classical" mythology, with the added component of a detailed analysis of the "Hero" myth as it appears in a variety of cultures around the world.

This course will focus on a collection of legends, myths, fairy tales, and folk tales that have emerged from the culture, the landscape, and the peoples of Scotland.

 Textbook(s): will use available resources, no textbook purchase required

Lake Superior State University: HUM 255

Murray State University: ENGL 330/ Special Topics/ 3 cr.

UW-River Falls: ENGL 107/The Hero in Literature/3 cr.

UW-Stout: LIT GXX/Literature Elective/3 cr. (ARHU-LIT)

UW-Superior: ENGL 289/ English Elective/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: ENGLISH 251/ Classical Myth
and Legend as Sources for Literature/3 cr. 

MODULE 3: Principles of Microeconomics/Brooks Herrboldt/Normandale Community College/3 cr.

Theories of how various types of product, service, and resource markets operate and resulting implications for public policy. Decision-making by consumers, business firms, and government. Price determination, resource allocation, and income determination via markets.

Since Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, lived in the Edinburgh area, his life and theories will be weaved into this course.  We will visit the following Adam Smith related sites - The Royal Exchange and Custom House, the Adam Smith statue on Royal Mile, Panmure House (Adam Smith's house), Adam Smith's grave site. We will also invite a representative from the Adam Smith Institute in London to give a presentation.

Textbook: no text needs to be purchased, some e-texts (free) may be utilized

Lake Superior State University: ECON 202

Murray State University: ECO 231/ Principles of Microeconomics/ 3 cr.

Normandale Community College: ECON 2201/Principles of Microeconomics/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: ECON 201/Principles of Microeconomics/3 cr.

UW-Stout: ECON 215/Principles of Economics II/3 cr. (SBSC/GLP)

UW-Superior: ECON 250/Principles of Microeconomics/3 cr. (Social Sciences)

UW-Whitewater: ECON 201/Principles of Microeconomics/3 cr.

MODULE 3: Developmental Psychology: Childhood & Adolescence/Melanie Ayres/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This course explores research and theory in developmental psychology from conception through adolescence. Key topics include: prenatal development and birth, cognitive development, language development, parenting, identity and social development, and the influence of culture, ethnicity, and social class. Consideration is given to implications and application to real-life events and problems 

Students will consider how early development is similar and different across cultures and will use Scotland to examine issues such as birthing practices, parental leave policies, parenting, and schooling, The course may include a visit to the Museum of Childhood or other course-related field trips. 

Prerequisites: PSYC 216, Research Methods, or consent of instructor

Textbook: TBD


Lake Superior State University: PSYC 265

Murray State University: PSY 261/ Child Psychology/ 3 cr.

UW-River Falls: PSYC 335/Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence/3 cr.

UW-Stout: HDFS 255/Lifespan Development/3 cr. (SBSC)

UW-Superior: PSYC 210/Development Through Life/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: PSYCH 999/Psychology Elective/3 cr.

MODULE 3: Contemporary Topics in Writing: Travel Writing/Jamie White-Farnham/UW-Superior/3 cr.

Reading works of contemporary Scottish writers. Also consider scholarly criticism and local and press accounts of the various topics presented in the books.

Students in this course will read, analyze, and produce travel writing in genres including: researched essays, print and online reviews, and wikitravel sites. 

Prerequisites: Completion of WRIT 102, College Writing II, or instructor consent


  • Peat O'Neil,L. Travel Writing, 2nd ed. Writer's Digest 2016.
  • Cahill & Wilson. The Best American Travel Writing. Houghton Mifflin, 2006   ISBN: 0618582150 (0-618-58215-0)
  • Muir, John, Selected Essays (Provided as PDFs)

Lake Superior State University : ENGL 277

Murray State University: ENG 343/Special Topics in Creative Writing/ 3 cr.

UW-River Falls: ENGL 289/Special Topics in English/3 cr.

UW-Superior: WRIT 270/Contemporary Topics in Writing: Travel Writing/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater:  ENGLISH 9999H/ English Elective/3 cr. 

MODULE 4: Creative Non-fiction/Apryl Vidlak/Gogebic Community College/3 cr.

This course provides an introduction into the writing genre of creative nonfiction by focusing on the basic principles of reading and writing within the genre. Students will read and study works by prominent writers of creative nonfiction, and drawing on the course readings for models and idea development, they will produce works such as the personal essay, the memoir, nature writing, and literary journalism. Students will construct a writing portfolio of short works in creative nonfiction. Classroom activities will include discussion of the various modes and approaches used in creative nonfiction, analysis of the major creative nonfiction writers, and the writing and revision of student nonfiction works.

This course will follow a theme of "Strangers in a Strange Land." Students will produce a portfolio of works inspired by the culture and landscape of Scotland, through the lens of a "foreigner". Possible excursions include Cairngorm National Park, Edinburgh city centre, Destitution Wall and Destitution Road.

Textbook: will use available resources, no textbook purchase required

Lake Superior State University: ENGL 301

Murray State University: ENG 344 /Introduction to Writing Creative Non-fiction/ 3 cr.

UW-River Falls: ENGL 370/Writing Creative Non-fiction/3 cr.

UW-Stout: ENGL 245/Creative Writing/3 cr. (ARHU-CRPRF)

UW-Superior: WRIT 250/Introduction to Creative Writing/3 cr. (Fine Arts/Aesthetic Experience)

UW-Whitewater: ENGLISH 9999H/ English Elective/3 cr.

MODULE 4: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies/Melanie Ayres/UW-River Falls/3 cr.

This course is designed as an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Women's and Gender Studies. The primary goal of this course is to familiarize students with key issues, questions, debates, theories and research in Women's and Gender Studies. We will also study gender's intersections with race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality in shaping identity, behavior, and perception.

This course will give students the opportunity to connect what they are learning to Scotland through relevant field trips (e.g., toy store, Glasgow Women's Library, Stonewall Scotland, YWCA Scotland, Equality Network, Scottish Trans Alliance). The course will also showcase women's achievements across disciplines through local events (e.g., going to see women musicians, plays focused on gender issues, or relevant films).

TextbookThreshold Concepts in Women's and Gender Studies by Launius & Hassel. Additional readings available on D2L.

Lake Superior State University: SOCY 177

Murray State University: lower level SOC elective/ 3 cr.

UW-River Falls: WGST 200/Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies/3 cr. (d)

UW-Stout: WGS 210/Intro to Women & Gender Studies/3 cr. (CISS/GLP/RES-A)

UW-Superior: GST 150/Introduction to Gender Studies/3 cr. (Diversity, Social Sciences)

UW-Whitewater: WOMENST 100/Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies/3 cr.

MODULE 4: Business & Professional Writing/Jamie White-Farnham/UW-Superior/3 cr.

Foundations of business, professional, and technical communication, primarily in writing but including oral and nonverbal forms. Emphasizes the rhetorical situations, languages, and cultural environments of domestic and international business, of the helping professions, and of technical/professional interests. Students will partner with a community organization or business in an Academic Service-Learning project.

Prerequisites: Completion of WRIT 102, College Writing II, and COMM 110  or similar with a grade of C- or better.

Textbook: Kolin, Phillip C. Successful Writing at Work Concise 4th ed. Cengage, 2016  ISBN: 1305667611 (1-305-66761-1)

Lake Superior State University: ENGL 377

Murray State University: ENG 204/ Advanced Expository Writing/ 3 cr.

UW-River Falls: ENGL 289/Special Topics in English: Research in the Workplace/3 cr.

UW- Stout: ENGL 320/Professional & Technical Writing/3 cr. 

UW-Superior: WRIT 209/Business & Professional Writing/3 cr. (Core Writing Course)

UW-Whitewater: BEINDP 999/Business &
Economics Interdepartmental Elective/3 cr.

MODULE 4: Principles of Macroeconomics/Brooks Herrboldt/Normandale Community College/3 cr.

Theories that explain the overall performance of the economy. Measurement of national income, unemployment, and inflation; role of money and the banking system. Policies that stabilize the economy and promote economic growth. International trade and finance within the framework of the global economy.

Since Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, lived in the Edinburgh area, his life and theories will be weaved into this course.  We will visit the following Adam Smith related sites - The Royal Exchange and Custom House, the Adam Smith statue on Royal Mile, Panmure House (Adam Smith's house), Adam Smith's grave site. We will also invite a representative from the Adam Smith Institute in London to give a presentation.

Textbook: no text needs to be purchased, some e-texts (free) may be utilized

Lake Superior State University: ECON 201

Murray State University: ECO 230/ Principles of Macroeconomics/ 3 cr.

Normandale Community College: ECON 2202/Principles of Macroeconmics/3 cr.

UW-River Falls: ECON 202/Principles of Macroeconomics/3 cr.

UW-Stout: ECON 210/Principles of Economics/3 cr. (SBSC/GPL)

UW-Superior: ECON 251/Principles of Macroeconimics/3 cr.(Social Sciences)

UW-Whitewater:  ECON 202/Principles of Macroeconomics/3 cr.



MODULE 2, 3, OR 4 (semester-long course, but with an emphasis in one module): Career Exploration in an International Setting/On-site Course Mentor (Resident Director of Academics)/3 cr.

Career Exploration in an International Setting provides a framework that combines aspects of independent study and internship to facilitate the development of a deeper understanding of your field of study and future career aspirations in general, but also beyond the borders of the United States.  You will utilize a combination of job shadowing, informational interviews, online and local resources, and independent research to build a network within your field, and to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for the diversity and breadth of career possibilities within your field.

This course is driven by the students' interests and curiosity about their chosen field. Students will actively pursue interviews, networking opportunities, and lines of inquiry independently. Independent research and reading must be undertaken by students. Course Mentors will provide guidance, feedback, suggestions and advice, and challenge students to delve deeper and ask questions.  Course Mentors will assist in making initial contacts at the beginning of the semester, however, students must be self-directed and willing to make contacts and engage outside of their 'comfort zone'.

Course Competencies

  • Explore your field of study in Scotland

  • Develop intercultural communication skills

  • Implement networking contacts in your chosen career field

  • Develop the ability to be self-directed

  • Evaluate career possibilities within your field of study

  • Document experiences in chosen career field 

Lake Superior State University: SERV 277

UW-River Falls: WIS 279/Career Exploration in an International Setting/3 cr.

UW-Stout: TRDIS 101/Career Exploration (1 cr. + electives)

UW-Superior: IDS 297/Exploring Majors & Academics/3 cr.

UW-Whitewater: LSINDP 999/L & S Interdisciplinary Elective/3 cr.

 Meet the spring 2019 faculty

Melanie Ayres

Melanie is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls.

Dr. Ayres is a developmental psychologist who teaches courses in developmental psychology and research methods. She is also the program coordinator for the Women's and Gender Studies program and teaches the introductory Women's and Gender Studies course as well as a psychology of gender course. Her courses in Scotland will encourage students to think critically about themselves and their environment (both in the U.S. and abroad) and will involve learning in the classroom as well as course-related field trips.

Her research program involves collaborating with students and other faculty and is broadly focused on gender development. Some of her research projects have included examining girls' and women's experiences of and responses to sexism, gender differences in men's and women's communication, and parent-child conversations about ethnic and gender discrimination.

In addition to research collaborations, Dr. Ayres works with students in her role as the adviser for Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, and the Student Feminist Organization.

Dr. Ayres is passionate about teaching, gender and social justice issues, good stories, food, travel, and her children's giggles. Her family will be joining her at Dalkeith. Her kids (who will be 5 and 7) are most excited about riding in a double decker bus and visiting real castles.

Jamie White-Farnham

Jamie White FarnhamJamie White-Farnham, PhD, Associate Professor in the Writing Program at UW-Superior Hello, I'm Dr. White-Farnham, but students often call me Dr. J for short. I have been teaching or tutoring writing at the college level since I was an undergraduate. I love writing and helping others achieve their goals in writing, whether they are academic, professional, or personal. My research is focused on the types of writing and arguments that shape people's everyday lives, such as antiracist rhetorics. Alongside academic writing, I also write occasional essays, which have been published here and there, and work as a consultant for small businesses' social media writing. When I'm not working, I am having fun around Lake Superior with my husband, two daughters, and pup named Sissy. I'm looking forward to an awesome semester in Scotland with you! 

Brooks Herrboldt

Brooks Herrboldt, M.A. in Economics, Colorado State University. 

He is a faculty member in the Economics Department at Normandale Community College where he has been teaching for 13 years.  Brooks teaches Survey of Economics, Principles of Microeconomics, and Principles of Macroeconomics.   He is also the Director of the Normandale Economics Institute (NEI).  Brooks is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys upland bird hunting and fishing.  He lives in the Twin Cities area with his 8 year old Boykin Spaniel.Brooks Herrboldt

Apryl Vidlak

Apryl Vidlak is an Instructor of English at Gogebic Community College in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. She earned her M.A. in English with a Creative Writing focus from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been teaching at Gogebic Community College for eight years, where course offerings include the Composition sequence, Creative Writing (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry), and various literature courses which include Classical Mythology, Gothic Literature, Medieval Literature, Men and Masculinity in Literature, World Literature, Bible as Literature, Masterpieces of American Literature, and various survey lit courses.

She lives in Bessemer, MI during the school year, and in her spare time shovels the driveway, hangs out with her eleven-year-old son (who will be accompanying her to Dalkeith), and cross country skiing. During her breaks, she spends her time traveling either to England and Scotland or to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and New Orleans to thaw out after the long winters she spends nestled along the shore of Lake Superior.

Daniel Bochman

Daniel is currently completing his PhD at the University of Edinburgh in Architecture with an emphasis in Geography and Digital Humanities. His primary research focus connects the geographical themes of space and place to the built environment, innovative conservation techniques and data visualization. To do so, Daniel’s architectural research incorporates onsite fieldwork and archival examination with such contemporary technologies as aerial drone (UAV) analysis, LiDAR, GIS, remote sensing and 3D scanning, modeling and printing. Daniel has presented his research at various architecture and geography conferences around the world and has received numerous doctoral research grants and awards.


Daniel holds a Master of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh and Bachelor of Science degrees in Geography, History and Geographic Information Systems. He also has previous professional experience working in Data Visualization and Analytics for a multi-national technology firm with global clientele. As a former student and Assistant Resident Director of the Experience Scotland program, Daniel is passionate about viewing Scotland as a laboratory for experiential learning. He also facilitates curriculum development sessions for faculty members and serves as a mentor for undergraduate students interested in technology, humanities and the geo-sciences.


Daniel has taught several courses on the Experience Scotland program, including Human Geography, Physical Environment: Patterns and Systems and From Hagrid’s Hut to Hogwart’s Castle: The Architecture of ‘Harry Potter’ in the U.K. Daniel currently co-teaches the British History and Scotland: Heritage and Culture courses. In addition to researching and teaching students, Daniel loves to explore the ‘layers’ of Scottish culture and its impact and influence around the world. He is excited to share his passion for architecture, technology and the humanities with the students and faculty of the Experience Scotland program.

Ian Donnachie

Ian Donnachie

Ian is Emeritus Professor in History, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, The Open University, Visiting Professor, University of Wisconsin (on the Experience Scotland Program), Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and has published many books and articles on history and biography, including mostly recently in Women’s History Review. He’s taught a wide range of histories, British (including Scottish), American and Australian.

Much of his research has been in British and American archives, currently for a biography of Robert Dale Owen, US politician, abolitionist and social reformer. Ian has a long-term interest in heritage, notably the conservation and promotion of New Lanark, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Publication details at

Bram Gieben


Bram Gieben taught Political Science at the University of Edinburgh and the Open University, before joining the University of Wisconsin in Scotland as adjunct teaching Faculty in 2008.

After an undergraduate MA in History and Politics at Edinburgh University, Bram taught British government and politics there for 4 years whilst working on his doctoral research.  This was focussed on the history of ideas, in particular the political writing of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and the ideology of English conservatism. He has further interests in the development of fascism in Europe between the wars, the history of the Third Reich in Germany, and the Holocaust.

For over 30 years Bram was in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Open University, contributing to many interdisciplinary courses in politics and sociology.  His published works include States and Societies (1983) with David Held,  and Formations of Modernity (1991) with Stuart Hall.

In the late 1960’s Bram attended high school in Louisville, Kentucky, and precisely 50 years later he drove from San Francisco to New York, then back again through the Southern states, talking to people wherever he went about the 2016 presidential election, in an attempt to understand and compare the rise of populist politics in the US and Europe. 

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