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Professor Peter Marshall elected as British Academy Fellow

Professor Peter MarshallProfessor Peter Marshall, of the University of Warwick’s Department of History, has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy.

Elected in recognition of his work on religious belief and practice in early modern Britain and Europe, particularly the cultural and political impact of the English Reformation, Professor Marshall joins the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.

Currently comprised of over 1,400 of the UK’s leading minds, current British Academy Fellows include the classicist Dame Mary Beard, the historian Sir Simon Schama and philosopher Baroness Onora O’Neill, while previous Fellows include Sir Winston Churchill, C.S Lewis, Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb.

Commenting on his election Professor Marshall, who was this year awarded the Wolfson History Prize for Heretics and Believers: A History of the English Reformation, said:

"I am delighted and honoured to have been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy. I'm looking forward very much to working alongside colleagues whose scholarship I hugely admire in the vital task of promoting the humanities and social sciences in the UK, historical research in particular."

Commenting on the election of this year’s new Fellows, Professor Sir David Cannadine, President of the British Academy, said:

“I am delighted to welcome this year’s exceptionally talented new Fellows to the Academy. Including historians and economists, neuroscientists and legal theorists, they bring a vast range of expertise, insights and experience to our most distinguished fellowship.

“The election of the largest cohort of Fellows in our history means the British Academy is better placed than ever to help tackle the challenges we all face today. Whether it’s social integration or the ageing society, the future of democracy or climate change, Brexit or the rise of artificial intelligence, the insights of the humanities and social sciences are essential as we navigate our way through an uncertain present into what we hope will be an exciting future.

“I extend to all of our new Fellows my heartiest congratulations and I look forward to working closely with them to build on the Academy’s reputation and achievements.”

 23 July 2018

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