Kaitlin McCormick

Kaitlin McCormick
Kaitlin McCormick
Edinburgh UK
Research Interests
Historical Indigenous/European relations, Museums and archives

Thesis Title

"Dynamic Exchanges: Objects and the Relationships between Northwest Coast First Peoples and Scots"

Summary of Research

My research seeks to understand the character of historic trade relationships between Aboriginal peoples and Scots on the Northwest Coast of Canada. More specifically, I am studying collections of Haida argillite in three key Scottish museums - the National Museums Scotland, the Marischal Museum at the University of Aberdeen, and the Perth Museum and Art Gallery. I am interested in how these works made for trade can shed light on the social, political and cultural dynamics of the nineteenth-century Northwest Coast.

Educational/ Professional Background

I held the positions of Assistant Documentalist and Repatriation Assistant at the Canadian Museum of Civilization from 2007 – 2009 and 2009 – 2011, respectively. 

Teaching Experience

Senior Tutor, University of Edinburgh (2011-2013), CS1A, "Canadian Studies 1A: The Dynamics of a Multicultural State."


  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship (2013-2015)
  • Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund, Mary Le Messurier Scholarship for the Study of History (2013)
  • College of Humanities and Social Science Scholarship, University of Edinburgh (2011-14)
  • Edinburgh Global Overseas Research Scholarship, University of Edinburgh (2011-14)
  • School for Social and Political Science Graduate Scholarship, University of Edinburgh (2011-14)


  • (forthcoming) "Early Scottish museum collections of Haida Argillite carving," Journal of Museum Ethnography (Spring 2014)
  • (forthcoming) "Dr John Rae on the Northwest Coast, 1864," Conference proceedings of the Orkney Heritage Society (Spring 2014)