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Eight Oxford academics have been made Fellows of the British Academy today (21 July).

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Fellows of the British Academy represent the very best of humanities and social sciences research, in the UK and globally.

The new Fellows are:

  • Professor John Armour, Hogan Lovells Professor of Law and Finance.
  • Professor Sir Paul Collier CBE, Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government.
  • Professor Mary Daly, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy and a Fellow of Green Templeton College.
  • Professor Jaś Elsner, Professor of Late Antique Art at the University and Payne Senior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College.
  • Professor Charles Hulme, Professor of Psychology and Education at the University and William Golding Senior Research Fellow at Brasenose College.
  • Professor Eugene Rogan, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University, Director of the Middle East Centre and Fellow of St Antony’s College.
  • Professor Catriona Seth, Marshal Foch Professor of French Literature at the University and a Fellow of All Souls College.
  • Professor Sir Hew Strachan, Emeritus Fellow of All Souls College.

An honorary fellowship was awarded to playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, who was recently appointed as Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine’s College.

Today also marks the start of Professor Sir David Cannadine’s four-year term as President of the British Academy.

He is a Visiting Professor of History at Oxford University, and the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

He said: 'At a time when institutions are distrusted and derided, and expertise is mocked and scorned, the British Academy stands for truth, reason, evidence-based learning, intellectual distinction, academic expertise, and quality and power of mind.

'In a world where parochialism, nativism, nationalism, xenophobia and populism seem in too many places to be on the march, it is our job to provide light and learning and hope.

'This is by no means an easy task, but I am looking forward to it, and eager to be getting on with it.'