Dr Polly Ha is a Korean American British historian, a prize-winning academic and author.
Her work examines the long term effects of religious hostility, political instability, and conspiracy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
She recently identified and explored a new archive of manuscripts including the earliest debates over independence in the English-speaking world. Her next book builds on this to explain how freedom as independence universalized classical notions of liberty across the social and gender hierarchies in the English Revolution.
She is also currently working on the ethics of innovation and broader psychology of change in the early modern period. This includes a recent critical edition of manuscripts that sheds new light on the leveraging of historical contingency in antiquity and late Elizabethan society.
Whilst specializing in Tudor, Stuart, and Revolutionary Britain, she has also written and taught on colonial America and Europe.