Dr Joanna Williams

Head of Education and Culture


Dr Joanna Williams is an academic, author and commentator, and the associate editor of Spiked. She began her career teaching English in secondary schools and Further Education. She started working as a lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the University of Kent in 2007. She was Director of Kent’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education until 2016. Joanna is the author of Consuming Higher Education Why Learning Can’t Be Bought (Bloomsbury, 2012) and Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Her most recent book is Women vs Feminism (Emerald, 2017). Joanna has written numerous academic journal articles and book chapters as well as being a frequent contributor to national and international debates on education, feminism and gender politics. She has given many guest lectures, most recently speaking at the Universities of Cologne, Bonn, Gottingen and Leiden. In America she has lectured at St Olaf College, North Dakota State University, the University of San Diego and California State University, Fullerton. She has addressed the Institute for Humane Studies and the National Association of Scholars. Joanna’s writing has been published widely in the UK and the US including The Spectator, The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The New York Post and American Conservative. Joanna writes and speaks about a range of issues including schools, gender, feminism, children and families. Her media appearances include BBC 1’s Sunday Morning Live, Daily Politics, Sky News and Radio 4’s Moral Maze.

Dr Joanna Williams

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