Dr Sarah Johanesen

Lecturer in Early Modern History

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I am a historian of early modern material culture and confessional politics, focused on Catholicism in England after the Reformation.

My Office Hours are in the Samuel Alexander Building (W 2.08):

Thursdays        11:00-12:00

Fridays             14:00-15:00

As Digital Profile Manager of the Tudor & Stuart Seminar at the IHR, I am responsible for their Twitter engagement, and as a regular attendee would be keen to support any Manchester PhD student in publicising their work in London.


I studied for a BA in History at the University of Warwick, going into the Heritage Industry for a few years before deciding to return to academic study in 2014. After completing an MA in History at Royal Holloway, focusing on Material Culture and the Early Modern period, I became a AHRC-funded PhD student in the History department at King's College London, where I was supervised by Dr Lucy Wooding (now of Lincoln College, Oxford) and Prof. Laura Gowing.

After completing a doctorate at KCL and achieving a Fellowship of the HEA as a Seminar Tutor there, I am now Lecturer in Early Modern Studies here at Manchester, as Dr Stefan Hanss pursues his Leverhulme Research.


  • History, Early Modern, Material Culture, Catholicism, Reformation, Politics

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2020 - Doctor of Philosophy, Subversion, Resistance and Loyalty: The Politicisation of Catholic Material Culture in Post-Reformation England, 1559-c.1625, King's College London (2015 - 2020)
  • Master of Arts Royal Holloway, University of London (2014 - 2015)
  • Bachelor of Arts, History (Hons.), The University of Warwick (2006 - 2009)

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