Rutherford, Emily

Field: Modern Europe; Advisor: Pedersen; Year: 2014

I work on the intellectual and cultural history of modern Britain, with interests in women/gender/sexuality, education, and the politics of elite institutions. My dissertation investigates opposition to coeducation in British universities, 1870-1935. It discusses the beliefs and ideas of the faculty, students, administrators, and donors who were invested in single-sex higher education even as coeducation increasingly became the norm; the nature of the affective communities they created; and the lasting consequences of their efforts for British higher education in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

I am a participant in the New York–Cambridge Training Collaboration in modern British history, which unites faculty and graduate students across three institutions. In 2018-19, I am a graduate fellow at the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia. My research has also been funded by the North American Council on British Studies and the Columbia Graduate School.

I'm very happy to talk with prospective grad students in British and modern European history. Please feel free to get in touch!


"Arthur Sidgwick's Greek Prose Composition: Gender, Affect, and Sociability in the Late-Victorian University," Journal of British Studies 56, no. 1 (January 2017), 91-116

"Impossible Love and Victorian Values: J.A. Symonds and the Intellectual History of Homosexuality," Journal of the History of Ideas 75, no. 4 (October 2014), 605-627


- M.A. M.Phil., History, Columbia University, 2015, 2017

- M.Phil., Modern British & European History, University of Oxford, 2014

- B.A., History, Princeton University, 2012


At Columbia, I have served as a teaching assistant for lecture courses in modern British history (1783-1900 and 1900-present), modern European history (1789-present), and US intellectual history (1865-present). In 2015 and 2016 I was graduate assistant to the department's fellowship program for undergraduate students conducting senior thesis research in European archives, in which capacity I advised several thesis-writers.


From 2014 to 2017, I was co-editor of the Journal of the History of Ideas' Blog, a prominent online venue for new writing in intellectual history/history of ideas. I have also brought my research to a wider audience in the online publications Eidolon and Public Seminar.