Dr Joanne Paul, BA, MA, PhD (Queen Mary, University of London) is an acclaimed historian who has published her research on the Renaissance and Early Modern periods widely.

Her work focuses on the political, intellectual and cultural history of the Renaissance and Early Modern periods, with an attention to Tudor and Stuart England. Her first trade book, The House of Dudley, was published in March 2022 by Michael Joseph (Penguin) to great acclaim. She has appeared on a variety of television, radio and podcast programmes and served as a consultant for historical documentary and drama.

Joanne is Honorary Senior Lecturer in Intellectual History at the University of Sussex, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She also a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker for 2017.

Joanne has published her research widely, both in academic presses and for a general readership. Her book on the thought and writing of Thomas More was published with Polity in 2016, and led to publications in History Today, History Extra, Juncture, Prospect and elsewhere, as well as speaking engagements at BBC History Weekend, the Battle of Ideas and other events around the UK and Europe. In 2013 she was awarded the Sir John Neale Prize in Tudor History by the Institute of Historical Research.

Counsel and Command in Early Modern England was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020. Her work has been published in leading academic journals including Renaissance Quarterly, Renaissance Studies, Hobbes Studies and Notes & Queries. You can read more about her publications here.

She has extensive experience sharing her work with general audience through television, (BBC Two, BBC Four, Channel 5), radio (BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service) and podcast programmes (HistoryExtra, Not Just the Tudors Dynasty, Talking Tudors, etc). She wrote and presented the Youtube Series Dangerous Minds, which has garnered more than 50k views, and her Break it Down episode for Penguin has had more than 400k views. You can see a playlist of appearances here. Recently, Joanne has expanded her consultancy work and is available as a historical adviser for both historical drama and documentary.