Fellowships for excellence in the humanities

25 November 2011

The election of University of Sydney scholars as Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises their outstanding contributions to the disciplines of English, archaeology and history.

Established in 1969, the academy is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to advancing excellence in the humanities for the benefit of the nation. Election to the academy acknowledges distinguished achievement in humanities disciplines that share a concern with human behaviour and culture.

The following University of Sydney academics have been elected as new fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Professor William Christie, Chair of the Department of English, is an expert on British Romantic literature and culture whose research interests include poetry and poetics and Shakespeare in critical and cultural history.

Professor Christie is widely published in literary journals. His books include The Edinburgh Review in the Literary Culture of Romantic Britain: Mammoth and Megalonyx (2009) and Samuel Taylor Coleridge: A Literary Life (2008), which won the NSW Premier's Biennial Prize for Literary Scholarship 2008.

Professor Margaret Harris, Professor of English and Director of Research for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is an authority on 19th-century and 20th-century literature, especially fiction.

She is co-editor of seven books and six specialist texts on George Meredith, Arnold Bennett and George Eliot, and contributed 60 entries to The Oxford Companion to George Eliot (2000). She is the author of Dearest Munx: The Letters of Christina Stead and William J Blake (2005).

Professor Margaret Miller, Professor of Archaeology, is a research supervisor and a specialist in Greek archaeology with a research focus on the interaction between late Archaic and Classical Greece and the Achaemenid Empire.

Her publications include studies of the prehistory of theatre in Ancient Greece and the barbarian lineage in classical Greek mythology and art.

Professor David Armitage, Lloyd C Blankfein Professor of History, Harvard University and Honorary Visiting Professor of History at the University of Sydney has lectured on six continents and held research fellowships and visiting positions in Britain, France and the United States.

Among his 11 books are The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (2000) and The Declaration of Independence: A Global History (2007), which was chosen as a Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year. He is co-editor of the Cambridge University Press series Ideas in Context.

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