Interview 90: Joanna Williams

jwOn this edition author, academic and journalist Joanna Williams joins James from the UK to discuss her new work, Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).  The volume provides a carefully researched historical examination of the highly politicized anti-free speech movements that have developed at university campuses on both sides of the Atlantic.

Joanna Williams is the education editor of Spiked Online and was recently profiled in the Times Higher EducationShe began her career teaching English in secondary schools and Further Education. For close to a decade she was a lecturer in Higher Education and Academic Practice at the University of Kent. Joanna is also the author of Consuming Higher Education Why Learning Can’t Be Bought (Bloomsbury, 2012).


Joanna has written numerous academic journal articles and book chapters and is a frequent contributor to national and international education debates. Her writing has been published everywhere from Times Higher Education to Early Years Educator; from the Telegraph to the Erotic Review. Joanna also writes and speaks about a range of other issues including schools, gender, feminism, children and families.

Additional information is available at @jowilliams293 and