Ben Ansell, Professor of Comparative Democratic Institutions, has been elected as Fellow of the British Academy, in recognition of his work in the field of comparative political economics, specifically the politics of education, the interplay between inequality and democratisation, and the effects of housing price booms and busts on political preferences.
“I’m absolutely delighted and honoured to have been recognised by the British Academy," Professor Ansell commented, "I received much-needed support from the British Academy for a Masters in History at the very beginning of my academic career and I greatly look forward to helping the Academy continue its important work supporting and promoting scholarship in the social sciences and history, especially in the burgeoning interdisciplinary area of political economy.”
Professor Ansell is one of eight Oxford academics elected as Fellows this year. Each year, up to 76 first class scholars who have been seen to produce the very best academic research in the humanities and social sciences, receive the honour of joining the British Academy. Previous high profile Fellows include Sir Winston Churchill, C.S Lewis, Seamus Heaney and Beatrice Webb. The British Academy Fellowship has been bestowed on more than 1,400 world-leading minds from universities across the UK.