Cambridge academics elected 2023 British Academy Fellows

The British Academy building


Two academics from the University of Cambridge have been elected Fellows of the British Academy as part of a new group of leading international humanities and social sciences researchers.

Professor Jaideep Prabhu and Professor Sujit Sivasundaram join the latest cohort of Fellows which highlight 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.

Founded in 1902, The British Academy is the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences. Each year, it elects to its fellowship up to 52 outstanding UK-based scholars who have achieved distinction in any branch of the humanities and social sciences. 

Professor Jaideep Prabhu is a Professor of Marketing, the Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise at the Judge Business School and Director of the Centre for India & Global Business. He is also a Fellow and Director of Studies at Clare College.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining such a distinguished group of academics, not only in my area of Management and Business Studies, but also across the Humanities and Social Sciences. I look forward to working with the other Fellows of the Academy on issues of importance to the UK and the world where the Humanities and Social Sciences have a crucial role to play. I owe a debt of gratitude to all those I have worked with over the years, and in particular my colleagues at Cambridge. This wouldn’t have been possible without them.”

Professor Sujit Sivasundaram is a Professor of World History and Fellow of Gonville & Caius College. He is currently working on the long history of Colombo as an exemplar of the global South city and also on an environmental history of the Indian Ocean. You can read a recent interview with Professor Sivasundaram in This Cambridge Life.

He said: “World history is about reaching for unexpected places to bring light to the human present and future. Research in this field is necessarily and fittingly collaborative and builds on the insights of librarians, curators, students and intellectuals, among others, in various places in the world. I thank all my friends, spread so far and wide, for pointing me to the right path in my research. This honour belongs to all of them.”

Welcoming the new Fellows, Professor Julia Black, President of the British Academy, 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.”

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