Prior to assuming the Chair of Celtic at Edinburgh in June 2013, He was Senior Research Professor at the University of the Highlands and Islands, and Research Director of the inter-university Soillse Research Project (http://www.soillse.ac.uk/en/). Previously,
He had been a lecturer then senior lecturer in Law at the University of Glasgow (1995-2004) and reader then professor in Celtic and Law at the University of Aberdeen (2004-2010). A native of Canada, he has been involved in Gaelic language development for almost twenty years, and have worked with international organisations such as the Council of Europe, of which he is an expert, and the OSCE, national and sub-national governments, including the National Assembly for Wales, and governmental and non-governmental organisations, on issues broadly relating to the maintenance and revitalisation of minority languages and the protection of their speakers.
He was a member of Bòrd na Gàidhlig from 2006 to 2012 and MG Alba from 2004 to 2012, and was involved in the development of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Act 2005 and the creation of BBC Alba, Scotland’s Gaelic digital television service.