Emma Long joined American Studies at UEA 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 interests focus on 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 also has an interest in the interaction of religion and politics in American history, particularly issues related to the idea of the “separation of church and state” that emerge from the First Amendment.

Emma teaches courses on the American Revolution, the history of the Supreme Court, and the history of the Bill of Rights (see under 'Teaching'). 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. Emma is happy to supervise students who wish to write dissertations on any of the subjects above, and would love to hear from any students with an interest in US constitutional history (there must be some of you out there somewhere …).

Emma is a founding member of the Scholars of Religion in American Life Research Network. Please get in touch if you would like more information or if you would like to become a member.

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