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Two of the 85 new British Academy Fellows come from the University of St Andrews

St Andrews academics Andrew Peacock, Professor of History of the Middle East and Islam at the School of History, and Kathryn Rudy, Professor of Art History at the School of Art, have received the rare distinction of being elected Fellows of the British Academy to become.

This year, a total of 85 Fellows – 52 UK Fellows, 29 Corresponding Fellows and four Honorary Fellows – were elected to the Fellowship.

Professor Andrew Peacock is Director of Research at the School of History specializing in the history and culture of the pre-modern Islamic world, particularly Turkey, Iran, Central and Southeast Asia. He studied Arabic and Persian at the University of Oxford before earning his PhD from the University of Cambridge, and subsequently held positions in Cambridge, Ankara, Istanbul and Kuala Lumpur, and St Andrews. His research draws on Arabic, Persian, Turkish and Malay sources and between 2012 and 2017 he led a major research project on “The Islamization of Anatolia, c. 1100-1500′ funded by the European Research Council. He is currently researching the Arabic literary heritage of Southeast Asia. Recent releases include The Great Seljuk Empire (2015) and Islam, Literature and Society in Mongolian Anatolia (2019); in total he has written or edited fourteen books and over 50 articles.

Professor Andrew Peacock is an expert in Middle Eastern and Islamic history at the School of History

Upon receiving the British Academy Fellowship, Andrew said: “I am deeply honored to have been elected to the Academy Fellowship. I am delighted that the enduring importance of studying the history, languages ​​and cultures of the pre-modern Islamic world is being recognized in this way.”

Professor Kathryn (Kate) Rudy worked her way through Cornell University as a housekeeper, cocktail waitress and math teacher. This enabled her to study materials engineering, English literature and art history. She then earned her PhD in Art History from Columbia University and her Masters in Mediaeval Studies from the University of Toronto. Before taking up her post at St Andrews in 2011, she held research, teaching and curatorial positions in the US, UK, Canada, the Netherlands and Belgium.

As the author of six books, with two more in print, Professor Rudy’s research focuses on the reception and original function of manuscripts, particularly those produced in the Netherlands, and she pioneered the use of the densitometer to measure the dirt left by the original readers in their books. One of her forthcoming books is about how medieval people rubbed, touched and kissed manuscripts. She is currently analyzing bloodstains in medieval surgical manuscripts. Together with PI Prof. Sue Healy (biology) and the composer Dr. Emily Doolittle (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) she will accept an APEX prize to study creativity and the nature of invention. In her free time, she weaves on antique looms, drives race cars, and spends time with her dog, Ginsburg. Her next goals are stand-up comedy and a second PhD (in economics).

She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy. In 2019 she was awarded the Sir Walter Scott Medal, Scotland’s highest award for arts, humanities and social sciences. In April 2021 she was elected Trustee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Together with Prof. Emma Smith she curated an exhibition entitled sensational books in the Bodleian (Oxford), which runs until December.

Professor Kate Rudy from the School of Art

Upon receiving the British Academy Fellowship, Kate said: “I am honored that the Fellows have chosen me to join their ranks. I would like to use my scholarship to promote the benefits of combining ideas from non-adjacent disciplines, such as B. practical craft knowledge plus political science or materials science plus theater. True innovation lies along these boundaries.”

Founded in 1902, the British Academy is the UK’s national academy for humanities and social sciences. It is a fellowship of over 1600 leaders in these subjects from the UK and overseas. Current Fellows include Classics Professor Dame Mary Beard, Historian Professor Sir Simon Schama and Philosopher Professor Baroness Onora O’Neill, while previous Fellows include Dame Frances Yates, Sir Winston Churchill, Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb. The Academy is also a national and international research funding agency and a forum for debate and engagement.

President Professor Julia Black welcomed Professor Peacock and Professor Rudy to the British Academy and said: “I am pleased to welcome these distinguished and pioneering scholars to our fellowship. I am also pleased that we have so many new female Fellows. While I hope that the tide will finally turn for women in science, there is still a lot to be done to make the world of research diverse and open to everyone. With the expertise and insights of our new Fellows, the Academy is better placed than ever to open new seams of knowledge and understanding and improve the well-being and prosperity of societies around the world. I congratulate each of our new Fellows on their achievement and look forward to working with them.”


Full details of the British Academy elected Fellows are available online.

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