I was born in 1965 in Kirkcaldy (Fife) and was educated at the local Catholic schools. I left Scotland aged 17 to attend Maynooth College (Ireland) and graduated in 1987. After some years travelling and working abroad I returned to Scotland to complete a Doctorate in Social Anthropology at Edinburgh University (1997-2002) on the topic of Scottish Nationalism.
I was Research Fellow at Glasgow University (2006-2008) before being appointed Lecturer in Sociology at QMU in 2008 and Senior lecturer in 2014. I was Programme Leader for the Psychology & Sociology programme (2010-2014) and during this time helped to successfully launch the new single honours programme in Public Sociology at QMU.
Since 2017 I have co-convened the BSA Scottish Sociology study group. In 2021/2022 I was Senior Visiting Fellow at Mathias Corvinus Collegium (Budapest).
Affiliations/Memberships to Other Organisations:
- British Sociological Association
Research/Knowledge Exchange Centre Membership:
Active research interests:
Ethnography, Social Class, Nationalism, Sociology of Christianity, Sociology of Scotland, Pilgrimage
Ethnography, Interviewing, Longitudinal Research
My main areas of teaching are Introduction to Academic Life, Research Methods, the history of social theory, the sociology of contemporary Scotland.
I was nominated for the 2014 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize for best first sole-authored monograph in sociology.
Senior Research Fellow, Mathias Corvinus Collegium (Budapest); Sept. 2021-February 2022.
MCC Podcast: Patriotism and religion in education - Huub Ruël and Paul Gilfillan
Podcast: Paul Gilfillan on Courage and Humility in the Modern University
MCC Article: Lunch Talks
Mandiner Podcast: Paul Gilfillan a Mandinernek
Corvinak Article: Restoring Scottish education onto its own axis
MCC Conference Budapest: Photo Gallery
MCC Conference Budapest: Photo Gallery 2
MCC Conference Budapest: Photo Gallery 3