Canon Professor Carol Harrison Elected as Fellow of the British Academy

Canon Professor Carol HarrisonWe are delighted that to announce that Canon Professor Carol Harrison has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy. This is an honour of high distinction not only for Professor Harrison, but both for Christ Church and the Faculty of Theology and Religion.

Professor Harrison is a theologian who specialises in early Christianity. Since January 2015, she has been Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Christ Church and the University of Oxford and is the first woman and first lay person to hold this appointment. Carol is a Canon of Christ Church, and also an honorary fellow of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Previously, she was Professor of the History and Theology of the Latin West at Durham University.

Professor Harrison came to Oxford in 1979 to read theology. She remained at Oxford to undertake postgraduate research, studied for two years at the École Pratique des Hautes Études in Paris, and completed her D.Phil. in 1988.

Professor Harrison’s recent work has focused on listening, music and sound in early Christianity. She is a world-renowned expert on the life and work of St Augustine.

Commenting on her award, the Dean of Christ Church, the Very Reverend Martyn Percy, said 'on behalf of all of us at Christ Church, we congratulate Carol most warmly on this distinction, which justly recognises her substantial and ground-breaking contribution to the study of St Augustine, patristics, and to theology more broadly.'

The British Academy is the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences. It is an independent fellowship of world-leading scholars and researchers, whilst also being a funding body that supports new research, nationally and internationally, and a forum for debate and engagement.

The fellowship is made up of around 1400 leading national and international academics elected for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences. Each year, the British Academy elects to its Fellowship up to 52 outstanding UK-based scholars who have achieved academic distinction as reflected in scholarly research activity and publication. Researchers based overseas can be elected as Corresponding Fellows, and the Academy may also elect Honorary Fellows. Only one or two scholars a year are elected in most fields.

This year a record 76 academics have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy, including 52 Fellows from UK universities, and 20 Corresponding Fellows elected from universities in the US, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Italy and France. Current Fellows include the classicist Dame Mary Beard, the historian Sir Simon Schama and philosopher Baroness Onora O’Neill, while previous Fellows include Sir Winston Churchill, C S Lewis, Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb.