Samantha Rayner


I joined UCL’s DIS and the Centre for Publishing in August 2012 as a Senior Lecturer, having previously worked at Anglia Ruskin University as Director of the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE) and leader of the MA Publishing course in Cambridge.

I teach and write on publishing and book related topics, with special interests in publishing archives and publishing paratexts, bibliography, the culture of bookselling, editors and editing, bibliotherapy, and academic publishing. I have also taught extensively on English Literature courses and have specialisms in Medieval and Arthurian texts.

I enjoy collaborative and interdisciplinary project work, including knowledge transfer activities. As well as being the Chair for the Association of Publishing Education (APE) I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review Panel, and currently the Principal Investigator on the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project (see )

I am interested in proposals from potential PhD students wishing to undertake postgraduate studies in Publishing or Book-Related Studies, and am happy to discuss any research proposals prior to application. Please email me at if you would like to discuss your future research career with the Centre for Publishing.

Contact details:

Dr Samantha J. Rayner
Director, Centre for Publishing, and Senior Lecturer in Publishing
Centre for Publishing, Department of Information Studies,
Room G18 Foster Court
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Telephone: 020 3108 1139

Office hour: Tuesdays 1-2pm

Twitter: @uclpublishing @samartha