Information Studies


Samantha J. Rayner

Sam Rayner

Reader; Director of Studies; Director of Centre for Publishing; Deputy Head of Department, DIS.

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. I have been Chair for the Association of Publishing Education (APE), which works to foster links and shared practice between all publishing courses across the UK. 

I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review Panel, and was the Principal Investigator on the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project (see http://academicbookfuture.org/ ), as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the AHRC Digital Fictions project (https://readingdigitalfiction.com/).  Currently, I am working as part of the Advisory Board on the AHRC Digital Library Futures project. 

I am also a Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies (see https://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/fellowships/research-fellows), the Deputy Editor for the Journal of the International Arthurian Society, and the General Editor for a new series of publishing mini-monographs with Cambridge University Press (info forthcoming). 

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 s.rayner@ucl.ac.uk 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 Reader in Publishing,

Department of Information Studies,
Room G40 Foster Court
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Email: s.rayner@ucl.ac.uk

Ext: 32473

Office hours: Term 1 2017-2018

Oct 6th:  1-2pm

Oct 10th:  1-2pm

Oct 17th:  1-2pm

Oct 24th: 4-5pm

Oct 31st: 1-2pm


Nov 14th: 1-2pm

Nov 28th:  4-5pm

Dec 5th: 1-2pm

Dec 12th: 1-2pm

Twitter: @uclpublishing @samartha