Emma Long joined American Studies at UEA in January 2013 having taken her undergraduate degree (American Studies) and PhD (History) at the University of Kent. Emma was first attracted to American Studies as a subject by the idea of a year abroad and has since found many, many reasons to stay. Emma has fond memories of her year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (go Packers!) and can’t quite believe it was as long ago as it was!

Emma’s research interests focus on the history of the US Constitution and the Supreme Court. Although interested in all aspects of this history, her particular focus is on the period since 1945 and on the rights contained in the Bill of Rights. Emma also has an interest in the interaction of religion and politics in American history, particularly issues related to the idea of the “separation of church and state” that emerge from the First Amendment.

Emma teaches courses on the American Revolution, the history of the Supreme Court, and the history of the Bill of Rights (see under 'Teaching'). In the past Emma has taught courses on nineteenth and twentieth century African-American history, the American South in the nineteenth Century, 1960s America, the Cold War, the history of the US from the Revolution to the present day, and contemporary US government and politics. Emma is happy to supervise students who wish to write dissertations on any of the subjects above, and would love to hear from any students with an interest in US constitutional history (there must be some of you out there somewhere …).

Emma is a founding member of the Scholars of Religion in American Life Research Network. Please get in touch if you would like more information or if you would like to become a member.

All Publications

Long, E.


Yet Another Threat To Religious Freedom?: Continuity and Change in the Church-State Debate,

in Journal of Church and State

article no. csw099

Full Text UEA Repository



Long, E.


Making Lemonade from Lemon: Evangelicals, the Supreme Court, and the Constitutionality of School Aid,

in American Evangelicals and the 1960s.

Wisconsin University Press

pp. 139-159

ISBN 978-0-299-29364-2

UEA Repository



Long, E.


The Ever Weakening Wall?: The Roberts Supreme Court And The Church-State Debate,

in Issues in American Politics : Polarized politics in the age of Obama.


pp. 177-188

ISBN 9780415690959, 9780415690942

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Long, E.


The Church-State Debate: Religion, Education, and the Establishment Clause in Post War America,

Continuum Press

ISBN 978-1441134462

UEA Repository



Long, E.


George Bush and the Supreme Court,

in Assessing the George W. Bush Presidency: A Tale of Two Terms.

Edinburgh University Press

pp. 44-58

ISBN 978-0748627417

UEA Repository



Key Research Interests

Emma's research interests focus on US constitutional and legal history, particularly the post-World War Two history of the First Amendment. She is interested in the role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Constitution and the way in which this has shaped, and continues to shape, American society. Emma has a particular interest in the historical relationship between church and state in the US and how that has been shaped by decisions from the Supreme Court.

Emma is currently working on a project that looks at evangelical engagement with the political and legal issues surrounding the First Amendment in the period since World War Two.

Research and teaching interests:  The US Supreme Court; the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights; history of the First Amendment, particularly church-state relations; US legal history, with a particular focus on the post-1945 period; religion and politics in the US since 1945.

Teaching Interests

First Year:

We The People 1: Age of Revolutions

We The People 2: The American Century

Second Year:

The American Revolution

The US Supreme Court, 1900 to Today

Final Year:

American Freedoms: A History of the Bill of Rights

Religion and Politics in the USA 

The US Supreme Court


Sin, Sex, and Sedition: A History of the First Amendment

American Freedoms: The Bill of Rights and the Battles That Shaped It

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Founding member of the Scholars of Religion in American Life Research Network
  • Membership Secretary of Historians of the Twentieth Century United States
  • Member of the British Association of American Studies
  • Member of the American Society for Legal History
  • Member of the Law and Religion Scholars Network
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy