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. 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) won the 2015 book prize of the Women's History Network.
Her areas of expertise are gender history, children and childhood, German missions, reformation history, the holy Roman empire, the history of crime and witchcraft.