Professor Greg Woolf elected Fellow of the British Academy

Friday 21 July 2017

Professor Greg Woolf, FSA (Scot), FSA, MAE, director of the Institute of Classical Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy. The honour recognises scholars who have achieved distinction in the humanities and social sciences.

Professor Woolf is an expert on the history of the Roman Empire, particularly Roman Gaul (France) and the cultural changes that accompanied the expansion of the Empire. He has directed a Leverhulme Trust project on science and imperialism under the Roman Empire and has edited books on the city of Rome, on ancient literacy, on religious individualism in antiquity and on ancient libraries. He has served on the councils of the Roman Society and the Classical Association, and is currently chair of the Council of University Classical Departments.

He was recently awarded a ‘Chair of Excellence’ reciprocal grant, sponsored by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and The Santander Bank, to organise a programme of research on the religious experience in the Roman Empire, beginning with an international colloquium on religion and the senses.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Woolf said he is ‘honoured and delighted to be joining the Academy, at a time when its role in championing the humanities in our national life has never been so important.’

Professor Roger Kain, CBE, FBA, dean and chief executive of the School of Advanced Study, said: ‘The School congratulates Professor Woolf on his election to the Academy. It is a testament to his outstanding scholarship and research contribution to the humanities.’

Other British Academy fellows on the staff of the School include Professor Kain, Professor Linda Newson OBE, director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, and Charles Burnett, professor of the history of Islamic influences in Europe at The Warburg Institute.

Professor Sir David Cannadine, who was director of the School’s Institute of Historical Research (IHR) between 1998 and 2003, became the 30th president of the British Academy in July 2017. He is an honorary fellow of the IHR, a distinguished senior fellow of the School and an honorary professor of the University of London.

Full list of the new British Academy Fellows
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Professor Greg Woolf’s academic profile
Professor Roger Kain’s academic profile
Professor Linda Newson’s academic profile
Professor Charles Burnett’s academic profile

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