Dr Emma Perkins

BA, MA, MPhil, PhD

Director of Studies, Special Supervisor, Undergraduate Tutor

College Jobs

  • Director of Studies History Part II
  • Director of Studies History and Politics (Shared)
  • Special Supervisor, History and Philosophy of Science
  • Assistant Undergraduate Tutor

University Jobs

  • Teaching Associate, Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Email: ep297@cam.ac.uk


Having been both an undergraduate and graduate student at Newnham, I am delighted to continue my involvement with the College as Special Supervisor in History and Philosophy of Science.

After matriculating at the College as an undergraduate reading Natural Sciences (BA 2008), I subsequently completed MPhil and PhD degrees in History and Philosophy of Science. My PhD focused on visual representation in the work of Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe, developing an existing interest in visual and material culture in the history of science. Following the completion of my PhD in 2014, I was a Research Associate on the AHRC-funded project, ‘Diagrams, Figures and the Transformation of Astronomy, 1450-1650’, which examined the role of visual representation in the rapid developments in astronomy that occurred during this period. I have since developed my research interests through an Andrew W. Mellon Travel Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma, and a Bodleian Library Fellowship at the University of Oxford. I am currently an Affiliate Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, where I provide teaching at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Research Interests

Early modern history of science, especially astronomy; visual and material culture; history of the book; science and religion; history of collecting and collections.