Cambridge authors elected as Fellows of British Academy
A record number of Cambridge authors have been elected as new Fellows of the British Academy this year.
At the Academy’s Annual General Meeting in London on 18 July,, 42 new fellows from 18 different UK universities were given the honour and 19 of them are published by the Press. The new Fellows span the full range of the Academy's subject areas from history to psychology, economics to law, literature to philosophy and languages to archaeology.
The British Academy is the UK’s national body which champions and supports the humanities and social sciences. It is an independent, self-governing fellowship of scholars, elected for their distinction in research and publication. Its purpose is to inspire, recognise and support excellence in the humanities and social sciences, throughout the UK and internationally, and to promote their role and value.
Lord Stern, new President of the British Academy, said: “The humanities and social sciences celebrate the study of what it means to be human and how we relate to the world around us. They can also help us tackle many of the challenges faced in this country and the world as a whole. Our new Fellows, from across the UK and world, are world-class experts in the humanities and social sciences and can play a vital role in sustaining the Academy’s activities – helping select researchers and research projects for funding support, contributing to policy reports and speaking at the Academy’s public events.”
Chris Harrison, Publishing Development Director for Social Sciences at the Press said: “We are delighted that so many Press authors have been honoured with election to a Fellowship of the Academy this year. The wide range of expertise they represent, from pioneering studies of the ancient worlds of pre-imperial China through to leading edge analyses of visual perception to financial econometrics and game theory, mirrors the great breadth of the Press's lists across the Humanities and Social Sciences , which, together, make a uniquely big tent of world class scholarship.”