Photo of Joanne PaulJoanne Paul
Honorary Senior Lecturer in Intellectual History (History)


My research focuses on the intellectual and cultural history of the Renaissance and Early Modern periods, with an attention to Early Modern England (c. 1485-1651). I have published on themes such as counsel and temporality, and figures including Thomas More, William Shakespeare and Thomas Hobbes. Upcoming projects include work on the little-studied 16th-century writer Anne Dowriche and the concept of 'the opportune moment' in the Renaissance period.

I co-direct the Centre for the Study of Intellectual History and am an active member of the Centre for Early Modern and Medieval Studies at the University of Sussex. I also co-direct an international interdisciplinary research network  on the study of 'kairos' or the 'opportune moment'. I am a member of the Politics of Counsel research network at St. Andrews. I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the Renaissance Society of America and Sixteenth-Century Society.