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Professor of Art History, University of St Andrews

Kathryn Margaret Rudy is a manuscript historian at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. She is best known for her forensic approach to medieval books, and has pioneered the use of the densitometer to measure the grime that original readers deposited in their books Her research focuses on the medieval reception of manuscripts, how they were manipulated and handled, and how book-making skills were lost with the advent of the printing industry.

Rudy is a Professor in the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews and holds a Leverhulme Major Research Grant (2019-2022). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She has published five books and regularly contributes to scholarly journals. She performs lectures in the UK and internationally. She is an advocate for digital-born humanities scholarship and open access publishing.

Kathryn Rudy’s family hails from Erie, Pennsylvania.


  • 2017–present
    Professor, University of St Andrews


  • 2001 
    Columbia University in New York City, PhD

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh


Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh