Associated Staff

Who we are


  • Co-Director: Professor Gerard Carruthers


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Gerard Carruthers is Francis Hutcheson Chair of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow. He founded CRBS in 2007, is General Editor of the Oxford University Press Edition of the Works of Robert Burns and Principal Investigator for two major AHRC awards, ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century’ (2011-16 & 2017-22), amounting to over £2M in grant income. He was Principal Investigator for the Carnegie Trust major-grant funded project editing the letters of James Currie (see online resource with Kenneth Simpson and Pauline Mackay), serves as Convenor to the ‘Burns Scotland’ recognised collections partnership and is Honorary Advisor to the National Trust for Scotland on Burns. He is also Secretary and Board Member of Ellisland Farm and Museum Trust, Burns's first marital home, 1788-91, and Co-editor of the Burns Chronicle(published twice a year by Edinburgh University Press). Currently, he is part of the editing team for the four volumes of ‘Correspondence’ for OUP and he is editing ‘Poetry’ (2 vols) for this edition. He is also at work editing the Oxford Handbook of Robert Burns and writing a monograph, Robert Burns, Patronage, Fraternity and the People.


  • Co-Director: Professor Kirsteen McCue


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Kirsteen McCue is Professor of Scottish literature and Song Culture at the University of Glasgow. She was made Associate Director of CRBS on its foundation in 2007 and has since become it's co-Director. In 2011 she managed a Chancellor's fund project on 'Burns Choral Settings' with the University Chapel Choir. She has been Co-Investigator on the AHRC 'Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century: Prose and Songs' project, and is editor of volume 4: Robert Burns's Songs for George Thomson for the Oxford Works of Robert Burns which was published in Feburary 2021. She led on several of the accompanying digital outputs for this project, including 'Performing Burns's songs in his own day', and 'Burns and the Fiddle'. She also directed the first modern performance of Burns's cantata 'The Jolly Beggars' (1818) in Glasgow and at the British Library in London.  During her time with CRBS she has published widely on Scottish song culture, has produced a number of book chapters and articles on Burns's songs and musical settings and responses to Burns's work. She was Principal Investigator of the RSE-funded 'Romantic National Song Network' between 2017-2019, which explored British songs around the time of Burns. And she is now leading the RSE-funded network the 'Bibliography of Scottish Literature in Translation (BOSLIT): Creating digital futures and networks' 2021-2023, which includes many appearances of Burns's work in numerous different languages. She holds honorary memberships of the Burns Club of London, and of the Burns Clubs of Greenock, Irvine, Mauchline and Allanton and was the first woman ever to attend and deliver the Immortal Memory at the Bachelor's Club in Tarbolton in 2014.


  • Associate Director: Dr Rhona Brown


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Rhona Brown is Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Scottish Literature and the Periodical Press at the University of Glasgow. She has published widely on eighteenth-century Scottish poets’ relationship with contemporary newspaper and magazine culture, and is author of Robert Fergusson and the Scottish Periodical Press (2012) and co-editor of Before Blackwood’s: Scottish Journalism in the Age of Enlightenment (2015). Rhona is Associate Director of the Centre for Robert Burns Studies and Convener of the Research Sub-Group of Burns Scotland, a national consortium of repositories with Burns-related holdings. She is Co-Investigator on two major eighteenth-century editing projects which are funded by the AHRC: ‘The Collected Works of Allan Ramsay’ (PI Murray Pittock), in which she is editing Ramsay’s Poems and Prose, and ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century: Poetry and Correspondence’ (PI Gerard Carruthers), where she is co-editing Burns’s Letters.

  • Lecturer in Robert Burns Studies & Associate Director: Dr Pauline Mackay


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  • Lecturer in the Scottish Enlightenment: Dr Ronnie Young

    Email: Ronnie.Young@glasgow.ac.uk

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    Ronnie Young is a Lecturer in Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow, specialising in the literature of the Enlightenment period. Publications include the co-edited volume The Scottish Enlightenment and Literary Culture with Bucknell University Press (2016). Ronnie is currently co-editor of the correspondence of Robert Burns for the forthcoming editions of the poet’s letters with Oxford University Press as part of the AHRC-funded project ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century: Poetry and Correspondence’ (PI Gerard Carruthers). Other Burns-related activities include the Burns Paper Database, an online research resource for analysing manuscripts in Burns’s hand, and the development of online and blended learning resources aimed at bringing recent scholarly work on Burns to a popular audience, including the Massive Open Online course ‘Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy’ for Futurelearn and the longer 10-week course ‘Robert Burns Online’.


  • Research Associate (AHRC Project: 'Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century')

Dr Carol Baraniuk

Email: Carol.Baraniuk@glasgow.ac.uk

Carol Baraniuk is Research Associate in Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow, working on the project ‘Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century’ which is funded by the AHRC. She has published and presented widely on Scottish poetic traditions, with a particular focus on Burns’s influence on eighteenth and nineteenth-century poets in the north of Ireland who wrote in Scots. She completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow in 2009, and her thesis on Burns’s contemporary James Orr was published as James Orr, Poet and Irish Radical (2014). In this monograph and in many published essays Carol discusses Burns’s dynamic influence on the development of Scots vernacular poetry both within and outwith Scotland. Currently she is researching Burns’s correspondence for forthcoming volumes of the Oxford University Press edition, locating and transcribing many of the manuscripts of his letters and those of individuals who wrote to him. Carol is preparing a close study of Burns’s employment of Biblical quotations in his letters. She also has in preparation an essay on the poet’s biographers in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook to Robert Burns (edited by Gerard Carruthers).


  • Research Associate (AHRC Project: 'Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century')

 Dr James J. Caudle

Email: Jim.Caudle@glasgow.ac.uk

James J. Caudle is a Research Associate working on the Correspondence and the Poetry of Robert Burns. He joined the CRBS team in 2018.

His prior two decades of specialist experience in textual editing for research editions has included five years training as a Junior Warnock Fellow at the Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell at Yale University. He followed that with sixteen years as the Associate Editor of the aforementioned Yale Boswell. His editorial credits include co-crediting on three volumes of the Boswell general correspondence (1993, 1997, 2006). His recent monographic work on Boswell includes studies of ‘The Libraries of the Boswells of Auchinleck, 1695–1825’ (2018) and of the dispute over the reporting of ‘John Dun’s Conversation with Samuel Johnson in James Boswell’s Tour to the Hebrides’ (2019). 

His work for the Burns project includes new transcriptions from the original manuscripts, identification of recondite textual allusions made by the correspondents, and biographical research into vaguely-known persons and events mentioned in the letters of Burns and his friends. His initial editorial work for the Burns Correspondence has found some new sources for the texts, located hidden references and allusions, solved textual cruces, and puzzled out some nominal linkage (i.e. “Which John Smith is this?”) problems.  He is currently researching Burns’s personal library, as well as books given to Burns, and books given away by Burns, in order to create a broad pattern of how Burns used books.


  • Research Associate (AHRC Project: 'Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century')

Dr Craig Lamont

Email: Craigronald.Lamont@glasgow.ac.uk

Craig Lamont is a Research Associate working on the project, specifically on the Correspondence and Poetry of Robert Burns. Craig has published on Burns’s print culture and bibliography, as well as the eighteenth century more generally. One of the Craig’s chief outputs, under the aegis of the project, was the free online Bibliography of Robert Burns for the 21st Century (2016; 2018). Craig’s day-to-day on the Burns project involves sourcing and transcribing manuscripts, tracking variants (or ‘collating’) in print editions of Burns, and organising other outputs such as video documentaries and social media. Craig is also part of another major eighteenth-century editing project funded by the AHRC: ‘The Collected Works of Allan Ramsay’ (PI Murray Pittock), where he works with fellow Burns colleagues Rhona Brown and Jim Caudle. His monograph, The Cultural Memory of Georgian Glasgow was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2021. 


  • Project Assistant (AHRC Project: 'Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century')/Admin Support

Dr Moira Hansen


Moira provides project and admin support within CRBS for staff and research associates, as well as co-ordinating the organisation of many of the events we host. Beyond these duties, she is facilitates learning in our three-week MOOC 'Robert Burns: Poems, Songs and Legacy' (hosted on FutureLearn twice-yearly), convenes the 'Robert Burns Online' course for distance learners, and teaches at various undergraduate levels in Scottish and English Literature. Through the support of a Shaw Summer Scholarship, she catalogued the Jean Redpath Archive, held in CRBS. She has published on her work exploring Burns's health and its impact on his life and work (the work supported by a Lord Kelvin Adam Smith doctoral scholarship), as well as a range of other Burns-related outputs. She continues her interest in Burns's health, and in the wider field of medical practice in 18th century Scotland. She is also Reviews Editor of the Burns Chronicle (published by Edinburgh Univeristy Press). 


Centre Administration



Honorary Fellows

Professor Patrick Scott

Professor Liam McIlvanney

Professor Martin Prochazka

Professor Fiona Stafford


Research Associates

Professor Sandro Jung

Past Members

The late Professor G. Ross Roy, University of South Carolina

The late Professor Kenneth Simpson

The late Professor R.D.S. Jack