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British Academy honour for SOAS scholar

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19 July 2013

Professor David Mosse, Head of Anthropology and Sociology at SOAS, University of London has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

The British Academy is the UK’s national body which champions and supports the humanities and social sciences. Its purpose is to inspire, recognise and support excellence and high achievement in the humanities and social sciences throughout the UK and internationally.

Each year, the academy elects up to 42 outstanding UK-based scholars. Professor Mosse joins fewer than 1,000 scholars who have been honoured as Fellows of the British Academy.

The Professor of Social Anthropology’s research areas include the anthropology of development and activism, environmental history and natural resources management, the anthropology of Christianity, South Asian society and popular religion.

He is the author of The Saint in the Banyan Tree: Christianity and Caste Society in India (University of California Press 2012) and editor of Adventures in Aidland: The Anthropology of Professionals in International Development (Berghahn Press 2011).

Director of SOAS, Professor Paul Webley, said: “I am delighted that David Mosse has been elected to the British Academy - he is a brilliant scholar and fully deserves this great honour."

Former SOAS President and Honorary Fellow Baroness Helena Kennedy has also been elected to the academy.

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, new President of the British Academy, said: “The humanities and social sciences celebrate the study of what it means to be human and how we relate to the world around us. They can also help us tackle many of the challenges faced in this country and the world as a whole.

“Our new Fellows, from across the UK and world, are world-class experts in the humanities and social sciences and can play a vital role in sustaining the Academy’s activities – helping select researchers and research projects for funding support, contributing to policy reports and speaking at the Academy’s public events.”