Emily studied art history at the Courtauld Institute in London, where she completed her PhD in September 2015. Focusing on architecture and its representation in English colonial and commercial settlements 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 research to date has involved archival and field work in the Caribbean, North America and West Africa. As Research Associate with the Centre for the Political Economies of International Commerce, she is expanding her doctoral research on the architectural enterprises of overseas trading corporations in the early modern period, connecting the construction projects of the English East India Company in Asia – namely fortifications – to those undertaken by the Virginia, Bermuda, Royal African and other companies.
Emily has taught and supervised courses on British and European architecture from 1600 to 1850 at the Courtauld, the University of Cambridge and the University of York, and has also worked as an editor for national newspapers and magazines. Her publications include essays on defensive architecture in England’s early Atlantic colonies, on the gates and walls of seventeenth-century London, and on European fortifications along the coast of present-day Ghana.