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Prof David Finkelstein

Chair of Continuing Education and Head of OLL

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Willingness to take Ph.D. students: Yes

Print Culture, Book History, Literary Periodicals, Victorian Culture, Print Trade Unions, Print Trade History

Education / Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts, Columbia University
Doctor in Philosophy, University of Edinburgh
A Study of the Life and Works of Philip Meadows Taylor


David Finkelstein joined the University of Edinburgh in January 2015 as the inaugural Chair in Continuing Education and Director of the Centre for Open Learning. Prior to that he was Dean of the School of Humanities and Chair in Print Culture at the University of Dundee. He has also been an archivist at the National Library of Scotland, a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and held various senior posts at Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

His research and teaching interests include print culture, media history and journalism studies. He is co-director of the SAPPHIRE initiative, dedicated to the study of Scottish print and publishing industries, which was awarded a Glenfiddich Living Scotland Award for its preservation and promotion of Scotland’s cultural heritage. Current ongoing projects include acting as General Co-Editor and nineteenth-century volume editor for the Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, due out with EUP in 2019, and a planned monograph on nineteenth-century social networks and Scottish print trade union skills mobility.

David was a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Scotland (2010-2012), is a Fellow of the English Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts, editorial board member of Media History and the Victorian Periodicals Review, and editorial board member of the book series Literary Texts and the Popular Marketplace (Pickering and Chatto) and Book Practices and Textual Itineraries (Presse Universitaire de Nancy). He was co-editor of the book series Journalism Studies (2008-2012, Sage), as well as co-editor of the annual Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society (2006-2012). He served as a member of the Arts and Humanities Peer Review College (2007-2015), and has undertaken grant application assessments for the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.

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