Dr McCallum is a lecturer in History, and a specialist in early modern British religious history. He teaches a range of modules at undergraduate level, including Medieval and Early Modern Worlds, Age of Reformations, War and Society in Early Modern Britain and Historiography, as well as dissertations and contributing to the MA in History. He co-supervises several PhD students working on early modern Britain, and would be keen to hear from any prospective students interested in working on topics in this area.
Prior to joining NTU, Dr McCallum completed his PhD at the University of St Andrews, and has worked at the Universities of Lancaster, St Andrews and Dundee.
Areas of research interest include:
- The Scottish Reformation, particularly its social context and impact
- Poverty, charity and poor relief in early modern Scotland
- The local and regional impact of the British Reformations
- Weather and climate in early modern Scotland
Dr McCallum's doctoral research and subsequent monograph focused on the Reformation in the county of Fife, using parish records to reconstruct processes of religious change as they affected rural and small urban communities. It also entailed work on the new Protestant clergy as a social group and as a profession. More recent research has centered on the impact of the Reformation on charity, Scottish climate history and the history of poverty and its relief in pre-industrial Scotland. Dr McCallum is currently writing a monograph on poor relief in early modern Scotland, under contract with Edinburgh University Press, and is also currently editing a volume of essays on Scotland's Long Reformation, forthcoming with Brill.
Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist in the School of Arts and Humanities and further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.
- 'Charity and Conflict: Poor Relief in Mid-Seventeenth Century Dundee', McCallum, J, Scottish Historical Review, 2016, 95 (1), 30-56
- '"Nurseries of the Poore": Hospitals and Almshouses in Early Modern Scotland'. McCallum J, Journal of Social History, 2014, 48 (2), 427-449
- '"Sone and servant": Andrew Melville and his nephew, James (1556-1614)'. McCallum J, in (eds) RA Mason and SJ Reid, Andrew Melville (1545–1622): Writings, Reception and Reputation, 2014, Ashgate, Farnham, 201-14
- 'The evidence for early seventeenth-century climate from Scottish ecclesiastical records'. McCallum J and MacDonald A, Environment and History, 2013, 19 (4), 487-509
- 'Charity doesn't begin at home: Ecclesiastical poor relief beyond the parish, 1560- 1650'. McCallum J, Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, 2012, 32 (2), 107-26
- 'Poverty or Prosperity?: The Economic Fortunes of Ministers in Post-Reformation Fife, 1560-1640'. McCallum J, Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 2011, 62 (3), 472-490
- Reforming the Scottish Parish: The Reformation in Fife, 1560-1640. McCallum J, 2010, Ashgate, Farnham
- 'The Reformation of the Ministry in Fife, 1560-1640'. McCallum J, History, 2009, 94 (3), 310-327
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Dr McCallum can offer comment on:
- the Scottish Reformation, particularly its social context and impact
- poverty, charity and poor relief in early modern Scotland
- the local and regional impact of the British Reformations
- the weather and climate in early modern Scotland.