Centre for the History of the Book

Professor David Finkelstein

Professor David Finkelstein is Chair in Continuing Education and was until recently Head of the Centre for Open Learning.

Professor David Finkelstein

Chair in Continuing Education and Head of the Office of Lifelong Learning

  • The Office of Lifelong Learning

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David Finkelstein joined the University of Edinburgh in January 2015 as the inaugural Chair in Continuing Education, and until recently was Head of the Centre for Open Learning. Prior to that he was Dean of the School of Humanities and Chair in Print Culture at the University of Dundee. He has also been an archivist at the National Library of Scotland, a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh and held various posts at Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

His research and teaching interests include print culture, media history and journalism studies. He is co-director of the SAPPHIRE initiative (www.sapphire.ac.uk), dedicated to the study of Scottish print and publishing industries, which was awarded a Glenfiddich Living Scotland Award for its preservation and promotion of Scotland’s cultural heritage. Current ongoing projects include acting as General Co-Editor and nineteenth-century volume Co-Editor for the Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, due out with EUP in 2019, and working on nineteenth-century social networks and Scottish print trade union skills mobility.