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Seven LSE professors elected new Fellows of British Academy

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Seven LSE academics, including LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun, have today been elected Fellows of the British Academy in recognition of their outstanding research.

Along with Professor Calhoun, LSE Pro-Director for Research Professor Julia Black, and professors Oriana Bandiera (Economics), Michael Lobban (Law) and Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey (Political Science) are among 42 highly distinguished academics from 18 UK universities elected British Academy New Fellows for 2015.

Harvard-based Philippe Aghion, who is Centennial Professor of Economics at LSE and a member of the International Growth Centre (IGC), and Columbia University-based Professor Jane Waldfogel, who is a Visiting Professor with LSE’s Centre for Analysis and Social Exclusion (CASE), have also been named Corresponding Fellows.

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, President of the British Academy, said: “This year we have the honour of once again welcoming the finest researchers and scholars into our Fellowship. Elected from across the UK and world for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences, they represent an unrivalled resource of expertise and knowledge. Their collective work and expertise are testament to why research in the humanities and social sciences is vital for our understanding of the world and humanity.”

In response to the announcement Professor Calhoun said: “I’m enormously honoured – not least by being in the company of such distinguished colleagues from the LSE faculty. Julia, Oriana, Michael, Cheryl, Philippe, Jane and I have the privilege of joining impressive predecessors from LSE, including British Academy President Lord Nicholas Stern.

“The British Academy is among the most distinguished learned societies in the world. It is also a crucial voice for the humanities and social sciences.  It is vital to Britain’s heritage, to cultural creativity, and to helping the country and the world deal with pressing social issues.” 

Professor Julia Black, from LSE’s Department of Law, said she was “delighted and honoured” to be elected. “I look forward to helping the Academy in its work on emphasising the importance and impact of the humanities and social sciences.”

Economics Professor Oriana Bandiera, Director of STICERD and a member of the IGC, said: “The Academy plays a key role in bridging research excellence and policy discourse, while strengthening both in the process. I am thrilled to be able to contribute to its endeavours.”

Professor Michael Lobban said he was looking forward to taking part in the British Academy’s scholarly and public activities and Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey said she was privileged to be elected along with her LSE peers.

Former LSE staff and graduates honoured by the British Academy this year include Dame Lynne Brindley, Professor Jonardon Ganeri, Professor John Hobson, Professor Alain Supiot, Professor Michael Mann and Professor Peter J Katzenstein. 

16 July 2015