Joanna Bourke

Joanna Bourke

Joanna Bourke

Biography

Joanna Bourke is a world-renowned historian who has shaped profoundly our understanding of subjects — violence, the body, the emotions — central to human experience. She has published prolifically on British, Irish, American and Australian societies from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, including histories of rape, fear, face-to-face killing and other vital, and previously taboo, topics. She is the prize-winning author of 11 books, and is a fellow of the British Academy (FBA). She is the director of an interdisciplinary project entitled “SHaME” (Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters):  https://shame.bbk.ac.uk

In her role as Global Innovation Chair in the University of Newcastle’s Centre for the Study of Violence, Joanna is based in the School of Humanities and Social Science and plays a significant role in developing and maintaining the university’s research leadership in the area of Violence Studies by facilitating greater engagement with international partners, driving stronger models of collaboration (through centres, hubs and clusters) and maximising the translation and societal impact of our research.