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 currently the Principal Investigator on the AHRC/British Library Academic Book of the Future Project (see http://academicbookfuture.org/ )

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

Telephone: 020 3108 1139

Office hours: Term 1 2016

6th Oct: 1-2pm

13th Oct: 1-2pm

19th Oct: 12-1pm

27th Oct: 1-2pm

2nd Nov: 12-1pm


17th Nov: 1-2pm

23rd Nov: 12-1pm

30th Nov: 12-1pm

7th Dec: 12-1pm

13th Dec: 1-2pm

Twitter: @uclpublishing @samartha