Dr Rebecca Emmett

Dr Rebecca Emmett

Associate Head of School for History, Art History, IR, Politics

School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Rebecca Emmett is a historian of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, specializing in the history of the book, Anglo-Scottish history, and the history of monarchy. Early fascination with the Elizabethan succession question led her to explore Anglo-Scottish succession literature, and led to an interest in why certain types of books are published.

The process of book production is something Rebecca Emmett finds fascinating, and she is lucky to have access to the Print Room at the University, which has a huge collection of hand-presses and type to experiment with. It's certainly harder that it looks!

Rebecca Emmett's work on publishing networks in early modern England has been enhanced through connections to the Early Modern Digital Agenda's seminar at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, and she continues to explore opportunities to identify points of connection in the early modern world.

Early modern modules taught by Rebecca Emmett include the second year module Tudor and Stuart Britain and the third year special subject Elizabeth I: The Failure of a Dynasty? Students undertaking these modules will also have the opportunity to take part in Tudor Dance and courtly movement workshops, a highlight of the year! 


PhD in Humanities (University of Plymouth) 2013
Dissertation: Networks of Print, Patronage and Religion in England and Scotland 1570-1604: The Career of Robert Waldegrave

MPhil in Early Modern History (University of Birmingham) 2010
Dissertation: Anglo-Scottish Succession Tracts in Late Elizabethan England

MA in Modern History (University of St Andrews) 2005/9

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Elected member of the Bibliographical Society

Roles on external bodies

Convenor of the Book History Research Network



Teaching interests


  • Tudor and Stuart Britain
  • Elizabeth I: Failure of a Dynasty?


Archival Practice:

  • The Management of Records and Archives
  • Audiences and Users of Archives and Records
  • The Business of Archives
  • Work Placement Module



Research interests

  • Publishing networks in sixteenth-century Europe
  • Digital humanities and their application to early modern studies
  • Archival practice and the archive management
  • Monarchical uses of, and appearances in, print media
  • Anglo-Scottish politics and cultural exchange
  • Politics and early modern drama
  • The role of stationers in the development of the early modern literary canon.



Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Emmett RJ (2016) 'The Publishers and the Principal: The Forgotten Role of the Charteris Family in Early Modern Scotland' Publishing History 75, (0) 7-29 Publisher Site