BA, MA, PhD (Courtauld Institute of Art)
Focusing on architecture and its representation in England and English colonies from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth century, Emily’s research investigates the meanings of building and buildings in the emerging empire and in the broader context of inter-imperial competition and conflict over territory and trade. Her doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Architecture and the Negotiation of Empire in the Early Modern Atlantic World’ (funded by the AHRC and submitted in September 2015), examines colonies as both construction sites and sites of destruction – through natural hazards such as hurricanes and earthquakes, and through human conflict – and takes a connected, comparative approach to explore differences, interconnections and interaction between diverse colonies and the metropole. Based on archival research as well as fieldwork in Bermuda, Barbados, St Christopher (St Kitts) and Jamaica, the study takes islands as starting points and follows trajectories that also touch on the coasts of North and South America, Africa, India and Ireland.
Emily has taught and supervised courses on British and European architecture from 1600 to 1850 at the Courtauld Institute of Art and the University of Cambridge. She is also interested in postcolonial attitudes and approaches to empire’s architectural and artistic legacy. Her publications include essays on the fortification of Bermuda and on the walls and gates of London in the seventeenth century, as well as chapters in three forthcoming edited volumes: Building the British Atlantic World, 1650-1850; Shadows of Empire: Studies of European Fortifications in West Africa; and Court, Country, City: British Art and Architecture, 1660-1735. She has worked extensively in journalism and publishing, and is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain, the Friends of the Georgian Society of Jamaica, the Renaissance Society of America, the Society of Early Americanists and the Early Caribbean Society.