Key Research Interests and Expertise

Emma's research interests focus on US constitutional and legal history, particularly the post-World War Two history of the First Amendment. She is interested in the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution and the way in which this has shaped, and continues to shape, American society. Emma has a particular interest in the historical relationship between church and state in the US and how that has been shaped by decisions from the Supreme Court.

Emma is currently working on the AHRC funded 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.

Research and teaching interests:  The US Supreme Court; the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights; history of the First Amendment, particularly church-state relations; US legal history, with a particular focus on the post-1945 period; religion and politics in the US since 1945.

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