Friday, 3 December 2010

New England Scots-Irish Research Project

21st Century Scotch-Irish in Northeastern U.S.

Permit me to introduce myself. My name is Michael Roe. I am a teacher at Seattle Pacific University and a research fellow at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. I also have Scotch-Irish roots in the eastern/northeastern U.S. With Clan Crawford ties in Scotland, my family lived in County Armagh, Ireland, and then immigrated to Philadelphia in the middle 1800’s. For the past decade or so, I have been doing research on present day Scotch-Irish in the U.S.; and I am currently beginning the fourth in a series of studies.

This new study is designed to “listen” to personal and family stories of Northeastern Scotch-Irish. I am looking for men and women, 18 years of age or older, to participate who are (1) of Scotch-Irish ancestry, (2) consider themselves to be Scotch-Irish, (3) are interested in their Scotch-Irish history and family stories, and (4) are willing to describe their experiences—to be storytellers in fine Scotch-Irish tradition.

Participants will be responding in writing to a series of questions about their family roots and their present day activities, opinions and identity as Scotch-Irish. Confidentiality, of course, will be maintained. The entire experience should take no more than one hour, although all are encouraged to write in as much detail as possible, so some may decide to spend more than an hour on their responses. Feedback from past participants indicates that most enjoyed describing their Scotch-Irish roots, and so our expectation is that this study too will be a motivating and enjoyable experience for all.

In my previous studies, I found that the Scotch-Irish participants were primarily locating their family histories and traditions in the South. It will be an important contribution to understanding Scotch-Irish identity and to the wider literature on the Scotch-Irish to have a strong contingent of participants whose roots are in the Northeast.

Please contact me at the email address, mailing address, or phone number below.

Thank you. Michael

Michael D. Roe, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor of Psychology

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, WA 98119 U.S.A.

Phone: (206) 281-2252

Fax: (206) 281-2695

Email: mroe@spu.edu

IRB #091002001R. Exp date: 8 June 2011

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