Emily Anderson

Program Specialist
Emily Anderson
Pronouns She / Her / Hers Email emilyand@usc.edu


Emily Rose Anderson is the Associate Director of the Center on Science, Technology, and Public Life. Through public programming, research, and training, STPL fosters sustained reflection on the possibilities and limits of technological innovation. She also serves as a Lecturer in the Art History Department. Her research interests include the history of printing, printed books, works on paper, and the intersections of media and technology in early modern Europe.

Dr. Anderson completed her PhD in Art History at USC in 2020.  Her dissertation, “The Bespoke Book: Experimental Printing in Early Modern Italy,” examined the varied, anomalous, and unique printing techniques – ranging from printing in gold and printing on blue paper – used in book printing between 1450-1600. On this topic, Dr. Anderson has recently published in Nuncius: Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science about bespoke copies of Euclid’s Elements printed in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. She has additionally presented her research at Renaissance Society of America, Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, the Rare Book School, and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute.

Dr. Anderson has received fellowships and grants from the Rare Book School, the Decorative Arts Trust, the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, the Visual Studies Research Institute, and the USC art history department to complete research for her dissertation. Before USC, she received her B.A. in Art History and Archaeology at Tufts University and her M.A. in Art History from Southern Methodist University.  She has worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and she served as the graduate intern in the Drawings Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum. 


  • Ph.D. Art History, University of Southern California, 8/2020
  • MA , Southern Methodist University, 5/2013
  • BA , Tufts University, 5/2011