Simone Laqua-O’Donnell is a historian of early modern Europe. She studied at the Universities of Hamburg and Cambridge and was a PhD student at Balliol College, Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Lyndal Roper. Her PhD was supported by the AHRC. In 2006 she was awarded a Research Fellowship at Downing College, Cambridge. In 2009 Simone joined the School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham, as Lecturer in Early Modern History.
Simone Laqua-O'Donnell has received awards from the Institute of Historical Research, the German Historical Institute London, the Institute of European History, Mainz, and a Scatcherd European Scholarship to spend time at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. She is a founding member of the Catholic Reformation Research Network and a member of the Centre for Reformation and Early Modern Studies. Her research on the introduction of the decrees of Trent in early modern German convents has been awarded the 2003 Essay Prize of the Royal Historical Society and the German History Society. Her book Women and the Counter-Reformation in early modern Münster (OUP, 2014) has been awarded the annual book prize of the Women History Network.
Her areas of expertise are Gender History, Reformation History, the Holy Roman Empire, Witchcraft and the History of Crime.