Academics elected as new British Academy Fellows


Humanities experts at Oxford University have been elected as new Fellows of the British Academy.

They are recognised for their “outstanding contributions” to the humanities, social sciences and the arts (what the Academy calls the SHAPE subjects).

The new Fellows are:

Professor Laura Tunbridge, Professor of Music in the Faculty of Music and the Henfrey Fellow at St Catherine’s College, whose research interests include the cultural history of song, especially lieder; chamber music; opera studies; and reception history.

Professor Gregory Hutchinson, Regius Professor of Greek in the Faculty of Classics, who studies Greek and Latin poetry and prose, especially from c.750 BC to AD c.300. His research interests include poetry-books, papyri, inscriptions, relation of prose and poetry.

Professor Alison Light, who is Senior Associate at Pembroke College alongside her role of Honorary Professor of English at UCL. She is an expert in modern British cultural and literary history and has previously been a Research Fellow in TORCH and an Academic Visitor in the Faculty of English.

Elsewhere in Oxford there were two other new Fellows: Professor Mari Sako, Professor of Management Studies at the Saïd Business School, and Professor Barbara Petrongolo, Professor of Economics. Simon Armitage, a previous Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, was also recognised with an honorary fellowship.

Professor Julia Black FBA, the new President of the British Academy, said: “As the new President of the British Academy, it gives me great pleasure to welcome this new cohort of Fellows, who are as impressive as ever and remind us of the rich and diverse scholarship and research undertaken within the SHAPE disciplines – the social sciences, humanities and the arts. I am very much looking forward to working with them on our shared interests.

“The need for SHAPE subjects has never been greater. As Britain recovers from the pandemic and seeks to build back better, the insights from our diverse disciplines will be vital to ensure the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the UK and will continue to provide the cultural and societal enrichment that has sustained us over the last eighteen months. Our new Fellows embody the value of their subjects and I congratulate them warmly for their achievement.”

84 new Fellows have been elected this year, with 52 coming from UK universities. The full list of Fellows can be found here: