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, 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 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/).  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. I also serve 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 2 2018-2019

1pm-2pm on Thursdays (contact me via email for meeting requests at other times)


Twitter: @uclpublishing @samartha