Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis appointed to prestigious society championing humanities and social sciences.

By City Press Office (City Press Office), Published

Rosalind Gill, Professor of Cultural and Social Analysis at City, University of London has been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy – the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences.

Professor Gill’s research focuses on the areas of media, culture and creative industries with a particular focus on inequalities. She is a Director of the Gender and Sexualities Research Centre at City, which explores the intersection between gender and sexuality intersect with other social divisions.

Her work has received wide acclaim, with recent title Confidence Culture (Duke, 2022), co-authored with Professor Shani Orgad, London School of Economics, receiving extensive media coverage and discussion in New York Times, The Times, Die Zeit, El Pais and Financial Times, as well as across the BBC and other media.

A new title about young people’s experiences on social media, Perfect: Feeling Judged on Social Media, will be published by Polity Press in September 2023.

Professor Rosalind Gill

Professor Gill is one of 86 new Fellows elected in the latest round for 2023, and joins a distinguished community of more than 1,600 thought and research leaders.

The British Academy is the UK’s national academy for the humanities and social sciences, mobilising a number of key disciplines to understand the world and shape a brighter future.

The society invests in researchers and projects across the UK and overseas, engage the public with fresh thinking and debates, and bring together scholars, government, business and civil society to influence policy for the benefit of everyone.

Professor Gill said she was extremely proud to have been recognised for her work.

“It is a real honour to be elected as a Fellow of the British Academy,” she said.

The society is an important body in the shaping of social sciences in the UK and across the world, and as a social science researcher I am naturally very proud to have been chosen.

“I look forward to having further impact on research and society through my work, with the support of such a well-established institution.”

Current Fellows of the British Academy include the classicist Professor Dame Mary Beard, historian Professor Rana Mitter and philosopher Professor Baroness Onora O’Neill. Honorary Fellows of the Academy also include Professor David Olusoga, Baroness Brenda Hale and Professor Gary Younge.

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 and which we work hard to harness to help shape the world.

"With the vast expertise and wide-ranging insights brought by our new Fellows, the Academy continues to showcase the importance of the SHAPE disciplines in opening fresh seams of knowledge and understanding, while simultaneously advancing the well-being and prosperity of societies worldwide. I wholeheartedly congratulate each of our new Fellows on this achievement and look forward to working together."

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