Spotlight on Steve Murdoch

SteveProfessor Steve Murdoch has taught in the School of History since 2004. He previously held a one year post-doctoral research position at Roehampton University, which he followed by a four-year AHRC Research Fellowship at the University of Aberdeen.

His research interests are firmly rooted in the early modern period with an emphasis on British interaction with the northern European world. Having focused at doctoral level on British diplomatic relations with Denmark-Norway, Steve has subsequently published extensively on broader contacts including social network-building in a transnational context and community development and integration in a comparative context in the North Sea and Baltic world.

Steve Murdoch Swedish Memorial against Scottish Privateer 1672

1672 Swedish Memorial against a Scottish Privateer

These interests have resulted in a number of publications most notably Network North: Scottish Kin, Commercial and Covert Associations in Northern Europe and, with Alexia Grosjean, the edited collection Scottish Communities Abroad in the Early Modern Period. As an early exponent of Open Access to Research in the Digital Humanities, Steve co- developed and still curates the Scotland, Scandinavia and Northern European Biographical Database, which has been active and available to the public since 1998.

Steve Murdoch at Krigsarkiv StockholmA recurring focus throughout Steve’s research has been the causes and consequences of war in both military and social contexts. The edited collection Scotland and the Thirty Years’ War, 1618-1648 led to his invitation to serve as historical advisor to the  Wittstock 1636 Mass Grave Project which culminated in a museum exhibition touring Germany in 2012-2013. His interest in warfare also extends to the maritime world. Following on from the award winning publication, The Terror of the Seas? Scottish Maritime Warfare 1513-1713, Steve has been awarded the prestigious Olof Palme Visiting Professorship in Peace Studies 2013-2014, a prize sponsored by the Swedish parliament. This involves a year-long project dealing with ‘British Prize-taking, Swedish Neutrality and Conflict Resolution’ based at the Centre for Maritime Studies, University of Stockholm.


Due to his expansive knowledge in the field Steve serves on the editorial boards of Brill’s prestigious Northern World Series and remains on the editorial boards of the refereed journals Historisk Tidskrift (Sweden); Études écossaises (France) and Northern Studies (Scotland).

Steve Murdoch and the PGs Chariots of Fire 5k May 2011

Chariots of Fire 5km May 2011: Steve Murdoch with postgraduates and honorary staff in the Institute of Scottish Historical Research

Steve teaches at all levels within the School of History with undergraduate modules as varied as ‘Scotland and the Wider World’, ‘Europeans in Asia’ and the very popular ‘Pirates and Privateers in the early modern period’.  He teaches on the Scottish, Early Modern and Modern M.Litt programmes and has an excellent track record in PhD supervision.

You can follow Steve on twitter

Steve Murdoch Graduation 2010

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With over forty fulltime members of staff researching and teaching on European, American and Asian history from the dawn of the Middle Ages to the present day, the School of History at the University of St Andrews has one of the finest faculty and diverse teaching programmes of any School of History in the English speaking world. The School boasts expertise in Mediaeval and Modern History, from Scotland to Byzantium and the Americas to South Asia. Thematic interests include religious history, urban history, transnationalism, historiography and nationalism. The School of History prides itself on small group teaching, allowing for in-depth study and supervision tailored to secure the best from each student. Cutting edge research combined with teaching excellence offer a dynamic and intellectually stimulating environment for the study of History.

2 Responses to Spotlight on Steve Murdoch

  1. Tentsmuir says:

    Reblogged this on Tentsmuir and commented:
    The reason I’ve not posted in a while – Sometimes work gets in the way…

  2. Pingback: History and Twitter: Prof. Steve Murdoch and his Document of the Day | St Andrews School of History

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