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Lucy Riall elected to prestigious British Academy fellowship

Posted on 20 July 2018

Lucy Riall, EUI Professor of the History of Europe in the World, has been made a Fellow of the British Academy in recognition for her work in humanities and social sciences.

Professor Riall is among 76 distinguished scholars to have been elected from universities around the world.

Lucy Riall - credit Francesco Filangeri

These scholars join the British Academy, a community of over 1400 of the leading minds that make up the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. Current 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.

As well as a fellowship, the British Academy is a funding body for research, nationally and internationally, and a forum for debate and engagement.

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."

EUI President Renaud Dehousse noted that Professor Riall's honour is "a well-deserved tribute to her scholarship and a source of great pride to the EUI, the activities of which have always been enriched by leading British scholars.”

In her reaction to the news, Professor Riall stated "I am thrilled and honoured by the invitation to become a fellow of the British Academy. As an Irish-born, British-trained historian, and now based in Italy at the EUI, I also see this award as an opportunity to reinforce cultural links between Britain and Europe at this time of political uncertainty."