About

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. She has published on themes such as counsel and time, and figures including Thomas More, William Shakespeare and Thomas Hobbes. Her first trade book, The House of Dudley, is published in March 2022 by Michael Joseph (Penguin).


Joanne is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern 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. In 2013 she was awarded the Sir John Neale Prize in Tudor History by the Institute of Historical Research for her work on Shakespeare's Hamlet and the discourse of counsel, which was later published in Renaissance Studies.

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. 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.