Tawny Paul


Public History Initiative, UCLA, LA, USA

Tawny Paul is Director of the Public History Initiative at UCLA and a social historian of Britain and the Atlantic World. Her research focuses on the history of capitalism, poverty and debt, labor, and incarceration. Paul’s public history practice focuses on collaborative history-making, diversifying historical narratives, and using history as a tool to promote social justice. She also has an interest in the intersections between art and public history, and in developing new ways of interpreting history to engage public audiences. She is author of The Poverty of Disaster: Debt and Insecurity in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and Art and Public History: Approaches, Opportunities and Challenges, edited with Rebecca Bush (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017).