British Academy Fellowship for Professor Catherine Hall

23 July 2018

UCL History's Professor Emerita Catherine Hall has this month been elected to a British Academy fellowship.

UCL's provost Michael Arthur shakes the hand of Professor Catherine Hall. They stand behind a podium with UCL banners in the background.

On 20 July 2018, the British Academy named UCL History's Professor Catherine Hall amongst its new cohort of Fellows, the largest group elected in the Academy's 116-year history.

The British Academy is a fellowship of around 1,400 leading academics distinguished for their research in the humanities and social sciences. The Academy describes its selection process as 'exacting and rigorous'. This year, 52 UK academics were successful, with a further 20 international fellows and four honorary fellows from the world of arts.

Catherine's election recognises her work on the history of Britain and its empire and in particular, the enormously influential project, Legacies of British Slave-ownership (2004-12), on which she was the chief investigator. The project, funded by the ESRC, made headlines around the world and inspired the Booker Prize-shortlisted novel, The Long Song (2010) by Angela Levy as well as producing two academic books and a database of British slave-owners which is available online for public consultation. UCL History still hosts the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slave-ownership, of which Catherine is the Chair Emerita.