Joanna Williams



Dr Joanna Williams is an author, academic and the education editor of Spiked. She was profiled in the Times Higher Education and appeared on the Rubin Report.

Joanna 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. Most recently she was Director of Kent’s Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

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).



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 Bath, Brighton and Oxford Brookes, Newcastle Literary and Philosophical Society and Oxford Arts Festival. 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 everywhere from The Times Higher Education to Early Years Educator; from the Spectator to the Erotic Review.



Joanna writes and speaks about a range of issues including schools, gender, feminism, children and families. She has recently appeared on BBC 1’s Sunday Morning Live, Radio 4’s Moral Maze and Radio 3’s Night Waves.

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