Professor Daniel Wakelin, Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography and a Fellow of St Hilda's College, has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy for his distinguished contributions to research. Professor Wakelin is one of twelve academics from the University of Oxford elected Fellows of the British Academy this year, six of whom are from the Humanities Division. His research focuses on manuscript and early printed copies of English literature, primarily from the 1100s to the 1500s.
Professor Wakelin said, ‘I’ve always been keen to build bridges between the study of manuscripts, literature and language, so I am delighted to be joining the interdisciplinary group in Medieval Studies at the British Academy.
‘We have a thriving group of students and teachers in medieval manuscript studies and literary studies at St Hilda’s College and in Oxford’s English Faculty and Humanities Division; I look forward to helping to foster these fields, and the Humanities in general, more widely across the UK and beyond through the British Academy.’
Professor Dan Grimley, Head of Humanities, said: ‘I am delighted that six outstanding Oxford academics doing world-leading research in the humanities have been recognised with British Academy Fellowships. The high number of awardees, and the fact they are spread across six academic faculties, reflects the breadth, rigour and impact of humanities research in Oxford. Congratulations to all of the new Fellows.’
Professor Wakelin joins a community of more than 1,600 distinguished peers. Current Fellows include the classicist Professor Dame Mary Beard and the Oxford historian Professor Rana Mitter. This year, Honorary Fellows include the renowned lawyer Professor Philippe Sands KC and the film maker Sir John Akomfrah.
Find out more on the University of Oxford website.