The British Academy today announced 35 scholars who have been elected to Fellowships this year in recognition of their research achievements. The list includes seven Cambridge academics.

The newly elected Fellows of The British Academy are as follows:

Professor Simon Baron-Cohen is the Director of the Autism Research Centre and a Fellow of Trinity College. Professor Baron-Cohen’s research focuses on the neuropsychology of autism, specifically in the phenomenon of mindblindness. His research also extends to studying the psychology of sex differences in humans and the role of foetal testosterone in neurocognitive development.

Professor Philip Ford is a Professor of French and Neo-Latin literature and a Fellow of Clare College. Professor Ford’s research places an emphasis on the relationship between humanism and writing in French and Neo-Latin literature. He has produced a wide variety of publications on subjects such as George Buchanan, Ronsard, Renaissance mythography and the reception of Homer in the Renaissance.

Professor Jonathan Haslam is a Professor of the History of International Relations and is a Fellow of Corpus Christi College. His research interests are in the history of thought in international relations, the history of Soviet foreign policy and contemporary history of Chile. Professor Haslam has also published a biography on the historian, journalist and international relations theorist E.H. Carr.

Professor Mary Jacobus is the Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) and a Fellow of Churchill College. She is also a professor of English at the University. Professor Jacobus’ research interests lie in British Romanticism with an emphasis on the work of William Wordsworth. She also has special research interests in feminist literary theory and criticism, psychoanalysis and visual culture.

Dr. John Marenbon is a senior research Fellow of Trinity College. His research focuses on the history of philosophy, especially from the period spanning from the sixth to the eighteenth century. Dr Marenbon has written specifically on the period before 1200 on Boethius, Anselm and Abelard. His current work, however, is extending to the period of Leibniz.

Professor Susan Rankin is a Professor of Medieval Music and a Fellow of Emmanuel College. Her research is on Western Medieval Music and its transmission and notation from the origins to the thirteenth century. Professor Rankin also has research interests in the development of the Latin liturgy, with a special focus on ritual.

Finally, Professor John Duncan is an Honorary Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience. Professor Duncan researches the psychological and neural mechanisms of selective attention and general intelligence. His research uses a variety of different methods including cognitive psychology, studies of brain damage, functional brain imaging and neurophysiology.

The British Academy is the national academy for the humanities and the social sciences, the counterpart to the Royal Society which exists to serve the natural sciences. Its president is the philosopher Baroness Onora O'Neill, the former Principal of Newnham College and a lecturer at the University’s Department of Philosophy.

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