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British Academy welcomes 53 new Fellows

19 Jul 2012

At its Annual General Meeting (19 July 2012), the British Academy elected 38 new Fellows. Each of them is a highly distinguished academic, recognised for his or her outstanding research. The Fellows represent the full range of the Academy's subject areas from early literature to law.

Sir Adam Roberts, President of the Academy said: “The new Fellows, who come from 23 institutions across the UK, have outstanding expertise across the board – from social policy and government, to sign language and music. Our Fellows play a vital role in sustaining the Academy’s activities - from identifying excellence to be supported by research awards, to contributing to policy reports and speaking at the Academy’s public events. Their presence in the Academy will help it to sustain its support for research across the humanities and social sciences, and to inspire public interest in these disciplines.”

The Academy also elected 15 new Corresponding Fellows from overseas universities. In addition, it elected Professor Sir Martin Rees OM FRS and Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE to the prestigious category of Honorary Fellowship. Baron Rees of Ludlow, former President of the Royal Society, is a cosmologist and astrophysicist who has been Astronomer Royal since 1995 and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, since 2004. Dame Fiona Reynolds is the Director-General of the National Trust, and Master-elect of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

A full list of the new British Academy Fellows and their institutions is below.

The Academy's Annual Report and further information on the Academy and its works are available online. 

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2012 British Academy Fellows

Professor Peter Biller
Department of History, University of York

Professor Julian Birkinshaw
Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

Professor Oliver Braddick
Emeritus Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford

Professor Chris Brewin
Professor of Clinical Psychology, University College London

Professor Chris Carey
Professor of Greek, University College London

Professor Nick Chater
Behavioural Sciences Group, University of Warwick

Professor Gillian Clark
Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow, University of Bristol

Professor Harry Collins
Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University

Professor Vincent Crawford
Drummond Professor of Political Economy, University of Oxford and Fellow of All Souls College

Professor John Darwin
Beit Lecturer in the History of the Commonwealth and Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Professor Robin Dennell
Professor Emeritus, University of Sheffield, Visiting Research Fellow, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Professor Richard Dyer
Professor of Film Studies, King’s College London

Professor Simon Franklin
Professor of Slavonic Studies, University of Cambridge

Professor Knud Haakonssen
Emeritus Professor of Intellectual History, University of Sussex

Professor Julian Hoppit
Astor Professor of British History, University College London

Professor Jane Humphries
Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford and Fellow of All Souls College

Professor Peter Jackson
Emeritus Professor of Medieval History, Keele University

Professor Michael Keating
Professor of Politics, University of Aberdeen

Professor Hugh Kennedy
Professor of Arabic, SOAS

Professor Kathleen Kiernan
Professor of Social Policy and Demography, University of York

Professor Robert Layton
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of Durham

Professor Julian Le Grand
Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics

Professor Nigel Leask
Regius Professor of English Language and Literature, and Head of School of Critical Studies, College of Arts, University of Glasgow

Professor Peter Mack
Director of the Warburg Institute and Professor of the History of the Classical Tradition, University of London, and Professor of English, University of Warwick

Professor Miles Ogborn
Professor of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London

Professor Huw Price
Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy, Professorial Fellow, Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Professor David Parker
Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology and Director of the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing, University of Birmingham

Professor Simon Schaffer
Professor of History of Science, University of Cambridge

Professor David Solkin
Walter H Anneberg Professor of History of Art, and Dean and Deputy Director, Courtauld Institute of Art

Professor Martin Stokes
Professor of Music and Fellow of St John's College, University of Oxford

Professor Charles Tripp
Professor of Politics with reference to the Middle East, SOAS

Professor Claudio Vita-Finzi
Research Associate, Natural History Museum

Professor Neil Walker
Regius Professor of Public Law and the Law of Nature and Nations, Edinburgh Law School

Professor Helen Watanabe-O'Kelly
Professor of German Literature, University of Oxford

Professor Paul Whiteley
Professor of Government, University of Essex

Professor Bencie Woll
Professor of Sign Language and Deaf Studies and Director of Deafness, Cognition, Research and Language Centre, University College London

Professor Neil Wrigley
Professor of Geography, University of Southampton

Professor Lucia Zedner
Professor of Criminal Justice, Faculty of Law and Law Fellow, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford and Conjoint Professor, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales

2012 British Academy Corresponding Fellows

Professor Michael Allen
Distinguished Professor, Departments of English and Italian, UCLA

Professor Mary Carruthers
Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature, New York University

Professor Alain De Libera
Professor, University of Geneva, Chair of Medieval Philosophy.

Professor Elhanan Helpman
Galen L Stone Professor of International Trade, Harvard University

Professor Michel Jeanneret
Professeur Honoraire, Faculty of Letters, University of Geneva

Professor John Langbein
Sterling Professor of Law and Legal History, Yale

Professor Jean-Pierre Mahé
Membre de L’Institut de France

Professor W T J Mitchell
Gaylord Donnelly Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History, University of Chicago

Professor Ian Morris
Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics; Professor of History, Stanford University

Professor Torsten Persson
Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Chair in Economic Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies, Sweden

Professor Denise Pumain
Professor in Geography, University Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Institut Universitaire de France

Professor John Scheid
Professor of Religion, Institutions and Society in Ancient Rome, Collège de France

Professor Michael Storper
Professor of Regional and International Development, UCLA

Professor Gerald Toomer
Professor Emeritus of the History of Mathematics, Brown University

Professor Bernard Wasserstein
Harriet and Ulrich E Meyer Professor of Modern European Jewish History, University of Chicago

2012 British Academy Honorary Fellows

Martin Rees
Baron Rees of Ludlow, OM, FRS, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge

Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE
Chief Executive, The National Trust