Two Griffith professors have been honoured with Fellowships of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia;
- Professor Fiona Paisley, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science and;
- Professor Haig Patapan, Director for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith Business School.
Fellows are elected to the Academy by their peers on the basis of a distinguished contribution to one or more of the Social Sciences that has also been recognised internationally.
Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University, Professor Ian O’Connor said he was delighted by the appointments.
“The election of Professors Paisley and Patapan as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia is a well- deserved recognition of their outstanding research and scholarly contributions,” Professor O’Connor said.
The two Griffith appointments are among 39 new Fellows appointed to the Academy this year.
Professor Paisley from the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences and the History, Media and Change stream within the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research is an award-winning historian.
She has contributed to Australian history in several ways, but especially in relation to the history of internationalism and human rights and the politics of race and gender viewed through the lens of Australian critical settler colonialism in the first half of the 20th Century.
“I’m delighted that my colleagues have elected me to the Academy,’’ Professor Paisley said.
“This honour is an encouragement that research into Australian and world history is valuable for its own sake, but also for its contributions to our understanding of issues that continue to challenge us today.”
Professor Haig Patapan from the Centre of Governance and Public Policy, Griffith Business School has written extensively on democratic theory and practice, political leadership and comparative constitutionalism.
“Being part of the Academy brings with it, not only the honour of being a Fellow but also the role of further promoting the social sciences,” he said.
Professor Patapan has also held the positions of Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Australian Prime Minister’s Centre Fellow.
The new Fellows will be formally welcomed to the Academy at its annual symposium in Canberra on 7-9 November, 2016.