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UCL academics elected to British Academy

21 July 2017

Four members of the UCL community have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy, in recognition of their outstanding research.


The new UCL fellows are:

  • Professor Christian Dustmann, Director of CReAM (UCL Economics) 
  • Professor Mary Margaret McCabe, Keeling Scholar in Residence (2014-2017) and honorary member (UCL Philosophy)
  • Professor Charles Mitchell (UCL Laws)
  • Professor Charles Hulme, formerly UCL Professor of Psychology and honorary member (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences)

A total of 66 UK academics were elected as Fellows by the Academy during their 2017 Annual General Meeting. Fellows of the British Academy represent the very best of humanities and social sciences research, in the UK and globally.

Professor Sir David Cannadine, new President of the British Academy, 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."

Professor Charles Mitchell (UCL Laws), one of the new UCL fellows, said: "I am delighted to have been elected and to join the distinguished group of colleagues at UCL Laws who have previously been honoured in this way. I look forward to participating in the British Academy's public and scholarly activities." 

The British Academy is the UK's national body for the humanities and social sciences - the study of peoples, cultures and societies, past, present and future. The academy has three principal roles: as an independent Fellowship of world-leading scholars and researchers; a Funding Body that supports new research, nationally and internationally; and a Forum for debate and engagement - a voice that champions the humanities and social sciences.

Following its announcement of the fellows, the British Academy announced 47 Mid-Career Fellowships, including three UCL academics:

  • Dr Robert George (UCL Laws), The Fall and Rise of the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court
  • Dr Hannah Knox (UCL Anthropology), Climate Change, Data and the Re-Formation of Politics
  • Professor Imran Rasul (UCL Economics), Understanding Labour Markets in Low-Income Settings: Evidence from Uganda Using Field Experiments and Structural Modelling


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