Information Studies


Samantha J. Rayner

Sam Rayner

Reader; Director of Centre for Publishing; A&H Vice-Dean Wellbeing.

I teach and write on publishing and book related topics, with special interests in the culture of bookselling, editors and editing, bibliotherapy, publishing archives and publishing paratexts, bibliography, 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, and was the Director of CoDE (see  http://www.anglia.ac.uk/cultures-of-the-digital-economy) at Anglia Ruskin University, with a remit to foster research in the Creative Industries.  I am currently seconded a day a week to help form a new undergraduate degree for UCL East, in the Creative and Applied Humanities.  

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 Reading Digital Fictions project (https://readingdigitalfiction.com/), and the AHRC Digital Library Futures project.  I am a co-Chair for the Bookselling Research Network (see http://booksellingresearchnet.uk/) and of the Bloomsbury CHAPTER (a collobative hub with the IES, covering Communication, the History of Authorship, Publishing, Textual Editing and Reading).  

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 series of publishing and book culture Elements with Cambridge University Press. I have also served on the Board of UCL Press. 

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 2020-2021

12pm-1pm on Wednesdays (contact me via email to arrange a meeting during this hour, or for meeting requests at other times)

Twitter: @uclpublishing @samartha