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Two Warwick academics become Fellows of the British Academy

Two University of Warwick researchers have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy in recognition of their outstanding work.

Professor Rebecca Earle (History) and Professor Mark Harrison (Economics) are among 52 new Fellows announced today by the prestigious institution, which supports and promotes the humanities and social sciences in the UK and around the world.

A British Academy Fellowship is one of the highest honours available to UK academics, awarded to researchers who, in the view of their peers, have made a distinguished academic contribution to humanities or social science research.

Professor EarleProfessor Earle (left) is a historian of food, and of the cultural history of Spanish America and early modern Europe. Lately she has been studying the global history of the potato. Thinking about food, and more particularly about potatoes, she argues, helps us tell the story of how eating became part of statecraft, and also demonstrates the historical agency of ordinary people. Feeding the People: The Politics of the Potato was published last month by the Cambridge University Press.

Reflecting on her new Fellowship, Professor Earle said “I’m utterly delighted and very surprised.”

Professor Harrison has spent most of his career researching the political economy and history of communism in Russia, Eastern Europe and China. He has also specialised in the economic history of 20th century conflict and counter-espionage. Earlier this year the seven-volume economic history, “The Industrialisation of Soviet Russia,” of which he co-authored the final volume, was recognised by the Alexander Nove Award for Distinguished Scholarship.

Prof HarrisonCommenting on his Fellowship, Professor Harrison (right) said “It’s a great honour. Nothing has helped me on my way more than being part of a wonderful community, especially my friends, colleagues, and students in economics at Warwick and in Russian history around the world. I’m grateful to them all.”

24 July 2020

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