Emily J.M. Knox

Emily J.M. Knox

Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Emily J.M. Knox (she/her) is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her book, “Book Banning in 21st Century America” is the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series. Her most recent book “Foundations of Intellectual Freedom” won the 2023 Eli M. Oboler Prize for best-published work in the area of intellectual freedom. Knox’s articles have been published in the Library Quarterly, Library and Information Science Research, and Open Information Science.

Knox serves on the board of National Coalition Against Censorship and is the editor of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy.

Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics and policy, and the intersection of print culture and reading practices. She is also a member of the Mapping Information Access research team.

She has been interviewed by media outlets such as NPR, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time, and Slate. She also testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on book banning.

Knox received her Ph.D. from the doctoral program at the Rutgers University School of Communication & Information. Her master’s in library and information science is from the iSchool at Illinois. She also holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Smith College and an A.M. in the same field from The University of Chicago Divinity School.