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Emma Long

Associate Professor of American History and Politics, University of East Anglia

Emma Long is currently Head of the Department of American Studies at UEA. She joined the department in January 2013 having taken her undergraduate degree (American Studies) and PhD (History) at the University of Kent. Emma was first attracted to American Studies as a subject by the idea of a year abroad and has since found many, many reasons to stay. Emma has fond memories of her year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (go Packers!) and can’t quite believe it was as long ago as it was!

Emma’s research is currently focused on the interaction of religion and politics in the mid-20th Century. She was awarded an AHRC Early Career Research Leadership Fellowship for the project, "An (Evangelical) Voice in the Wilderness: The Modern Roots of Evangelical Engagement with American Politics" which explores the nature, extent, and significance of evangelical engagement with law and government in the middle of the 20th Century.

Emma's research interests also include the history of the US Constitution and the Supreme Court. Although interested in all aspects of this history, her particular focus is on the period since 1945 and on the rights contained in the Bill of Rights.

Emma teaches courses on US politics, the American Revolution, the history of the Supreme Court, and the history of the Bill of Rights. In the past Emma has taught courses on nineteenth and twentieth century African-American history, the American South in the Nineteenth Century, 1960s America, the Cold War, the history of the US from the Revolution to the present day, and contemporary US government and politics.


  • –present
    Lecturer in American Studies, University of East Anglia