- Professor of Scottish Literature Since 1700 (Scottish Literature)
- Scottish Literature from the 1690s to the 21stC
- History of Scottish Studies
- 18thC Scottish Literature
- Literature, Politics & the Periodical Press in the 1790s
- Links between American, Irish and Scottish Literatures
- Scotland & Romanticism
- Robert Burns
- Alexander Geddes
- Walter Scott
- James Bridie
- Muriel Spark
- Textual Editing
- Deputy Head of the School of Critical Studies
- Co-Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies
- Scottish Literature representative on the School Research and Knowledge Transfer Committee
- Research Convener of the Burns Scotland (National Burns Collection) group
- University of Glasgow representative on the Abbotsford Library Project Steering Committee
- Principal Investigator, 'Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century' [Major AHRC-funded project]
- General Editor of the new multi-volume edition of the Works of Robert Burns (Oxford University Press)
- Member of the editorial board of The Drouth
- Member of the editorial board of Eighteenth-Century Poetry
- Member of the editorial board of The John Clare Journal
- Member of the editorial advistory board of The Newman
- Member of the editorial board of Scottish Literary Review
- International Member of the editorial board of International Review of Scottish Studies
- European Committee member of 18Connect (18th century literature digitization project)
Gerard Carruthers was lecturer in the Department of English Studies, University of Strathclyde (1995- 2000), where he taught American, English and Scottish literatures. Previously he was Research Fellow at the Centre for Walter Scott Studies, University of Aberdeen (1993-5). Gerard Carruthers is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Strathclyde and of St Andrew’s College of Education, Glasgow. His PhD thesis was on ‘The Invention of Scottish Literature During the Long Eighteenth Century’.
Gerard Carruthers is currently supervising PhD dissertations on Robert Burns, Walter Scott, Thomas Carlyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, Muriel Spark and the 'Modern Scottish Republic of Letters'.
He has successfully supervised PhD dissertations on: Scottish Enlightenment Rhetoric, Robert Fergusson, Robert Burns, James Orr, Samuel Thomson, Robert Tannahill, Seamus Heaney & Alasdair Gray; MLitt dissertations on the language of sentiment and on Scottish Literature and Medicine, MPhil theses on Robert Burns, Blackwood’s Magazine & Gothic Fiction, Muriel Spark, ‘Bunkermen & Lasses o’ Pairts: Contemporary Scottish Fiction’ and on ‘Utopian and Dystopian Landscapes in Twentieth-Century Scottish Literature’.
Gerard Carruthers was external examiner for the Postgraduate taught courses in English Literature (2011-12) and the MA course in English Studies (2007-11), University of Aberdeen, and the BA course in Cultural Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands (2001-6). During the summer of 2002 he was W. Ormiston Roy Memorial Visiting Research Fellow at the University of South Carolina. During 2011 he was Visiting Professor in English Studies at the University of Wyoming and in 2012 Honorary Research Fellow at All Souls College, University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
He is Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded five year research project, 'Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century', which underpins the first phase of the new Oxford University Press edition of the Works of Robert Burns, for which he is General Editor. Previously, he was Principal Investigator of a Carnegie Trust major grant-funded project which produced an online edition of the letters of James Currie, Robert Burns's first editor. His current research includes a monograph-in-progress, Robert Burns and the People, work on the periodical press of the 1790s, editing the poetry of Alexander Geddes, investigating Walter Scott's medievalism and the rise of Scottish Studies in the nineteenth century.
He is Co-Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the university, Research Convenor of 'Burns Scotland' (the National Burns Collection, comprising membership from national institutions and local authorities), a member of the Abbotsford Library Joint Committee (helping direct research into Walter Scott's books and manuscripts) and a member of the Council for the Scottish Catholic Historical Association. He is a European committee member of the '18thConnect' project enhancing digital resources in 18th century literary studies. He played a major part in re-establishing the Universities' Committee for the Teaching of Scottish Literature in 2008.
He is also a frequent contributor to the media, serves on the editorial boards of six journals (The Drouth, The John Clare Journal, The Newman Journal, Eighteenth-Century Poetry, Scottish Literary Review, and International Review of Scottish Studies) and frequently peer reviews work for learned journals, publishers and grant awarding bodies. He is also a member of the advisory board for the European-published, Scottish Studies International series.