Dr Paul Malgrati

  • Research Assistant (Scottish Literature)


A native of France, with a diverse background in social sciences, history, philosophy, and literature, Paul Malgrati holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) as well as a doctorate from the University of St Andrews. In 2020, he completed his AHRC-funded thesis, ‘Robert Burns in Scottish Politics (1914-2014)’, an interdisciplinary study exploring the contested legacy of ‘Scotland National Bard’, from Victorian unionism to 1940s socialism and contemporary nationalism.

Alongside his doctoral studies, in 2018-19, Paul also ran a Digital Humanities Project to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of the miner poet, Scottish playwright, and radical activist, Joe Corrie (1894-1968). This project led to the publication of a website featuring a biography of Corrie, a guide to his archive, and seven academic publications.

In February 2020, Paul joined the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow, where he now works as Research Assistant on ‘The Burns Supper in History and Today’ (PI: Prof. Gerard Carruthers). This project involves public engagement with the global Burns community as well as the creation of an interactive map, inventorying more than 2,500 contemporary Burns Suppers and detailing their menus, setting, entertainments, and orders of ceremony. The release of this map, in 2021, will be accompanied by a special ‘Burns Supper’ issue of E.U.P’s new, peer-reviewed Burns Chronicle, guest-edited by Paul.

Besides academia, Paul also writes and publishes poetry in both Scots and French. In 2020, his poetry manuscript, Poèmes Ecossais, was shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award.

Research interests


  • Scottish literature from the 18th century to the 21st
  • Robert Burns’s legacy & Burns Suppers
  • Scottish literary politics in the twentieth century
  • Scottish modernism & postmodernism
  • Literary translation
  • The Scots Language & Scots Writing
  • Working-class writing
  • Poetics of the ‘Auld Alliance’ between Scotland & France

Additional information



Malgrati P. (2020)  ‘Joe Corrie’s In Time o’ Strife, the General Strike of 1926, and the Impasse of Insurgent Masculinity’. Studies in Scottish Literature 46 (1)

Malgrati P. (2020) ‘Pit and Plough: Joe Corrie’s Burns’, Burns Chronicle (Kilmarnock, 2020)

Malgrati P. (2019)  ‘Towards a post-colonial alliance? Some perspectives on Franco-Scots poetry translation’. The Bottle Imp (26)

Malgrati P. (2019) 'MacDiarmid's Burns: The Political Context. 1917-1928', in Scottish Literary Review, 11/1, Spring 2019.

Paul Malgrati, (2018) ‘Red City, Brown City, City of Men: Radical Activism and Virile Politics in Interwar Saint-Denis’. Histoire@Politique, 35 [In French].


Paul Malgrati (2019) ‘Joe Corrie (1894-1968): Miner Poet, Scottish Playwright, Radical Activist’ [Website]