Emily Knox

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Assistant Professor

PhD, Communication, Information and Library Studies, Rutgers

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(217) 300-0212
knox [at] illinois.edu

Office Hours

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Curriculum Vitae   

Research Focus

Information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, print culture and reading practices.


Emily is an assistant professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. She was awarded the Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award and was named a WISE Instructor of the Year in 2015.

Emily’s book, Book Banning in 21st Century America, was published by Rowman & Littlefield in January 2015. It is the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series. The book is an expansion of the analysis presented in her article, "Society, institutions, and common sense: Themes in the discourse of challengers in 21st century United States," in Library & Information Science Research. Emily also contributed a chapter on religion and intellectual freedom to The Library Juice Press Handbook of Intellectual Freedom: Concepts, Cases, and Theories, the 2016 winner of the Eli M. Oboler Memorial Award for best published work in intellectual freedom.

Emily received her PhD from the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University. Her master’s in library and information science is from the iSchool at Illinois. She also holds a BA in Religious Studies from Smith College and an AM in the same field from The University of Chicago Divinity School. She was the associate director and reference librarian at the St. Mark’s (now Keller) Library of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York City for five years before returning to school.

Emily previously wrote a manual on running a small interlibrary loan and document delivery department published by Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association (ALA). It is listed as a key source in Library and Information Science: A Guide to Key Literature and Sources (Bemis, 2014, p. 107).

Teaching this Semester

Research Projects

Mapping Information Access

Mapping Information Access is a collaborative academic research project to study and understand the landscape of information access and availability in public schools and libraries in the United States.

Related Topics

Ethics and Values for Information, Information Access, Information Policy, Libraries and Librarianship, Privacy, Security, and Trust