Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge
Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge

The British Academy welcomes a new group of leading international humanities and social sciences researchers to its Fellowship for 2023. The latest cohort of Fellows highlights the depth and breadth of the SHAPE (Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy) disciplines and reflects the importance of interdisciplinary research.

This year Professor Stonebridge joins a cohort of 86 Fellows - 52 UK Fellows, 30 Corresponding Fellows from Universities in South Africa, Germany, Australia and India as well as 4 Honorary Fellows. The newly elected Fellows, many of whom have received funding and support from the Academy throughout their careers, represent a diverse range of specialisms across the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

I’m deeply honoured to be elected as Fellow of the British Academy. My work in modern literature, intellectual history, and human rights would never have taken shape it has without the Academy’s early support of my studies, or the incredible inspiration of its Fellows. The need to find creative and, perhaps above all, human responses to our perplexing and unsettling world is urgent. I’m thrilled to now be part of the Academy’s mission to put the arts, humanities and social sciences at the front and centre of shaping those responses.

Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge - Interdisciplinary Chair and Professor of Humanities and Human Rights.

Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge's work on the twentieth-century political theorist, Hannah Arendt, is central to her understanding of modern history, violence, statelessness, and judgement. She currently provides postgraduate supervision to Interdisciplinary Human Rights and Refugee Studies; Modern, Contemporary, and Postcolonial literatures and Hannah Arendt. 

Founded in 1902, the British Academy’s current Fellows include the classicist Professor Dame Mary Beard, the historian Professor Sir Simon Schama and philosopher Professor Baroness Onora O’Neill, while previous Fellows include Dame Frances Yates, Sir Winston Churchill, Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb. The Academy is also a funding body for research, nationally and internationally, and a forum for debate and engagement.

Welcoming the Fellows, the President of the British Academy, Professor Julia Black, said: "It is with great pleasure that we welcome yet another outstanding cohort to the Academy’s Fellowship. The scope of research and expertise on display across our newly elected UK, Corresponding and Honorary Fellows shows the breadth and depth of knowledge and insight held by the British Academy. It is our role to harness this to understand and help shape a better world."