David Garland, Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, was among 15 new Corresponding Fellows elected from non-UK universities to the British Academy on July 18. A national body founded to inspire, recognize, and support excellence in the humanities and social sciences, the British Academy has a fellowship that includes more than 900 distinguished scholars.

David Garland“The humanities and social sciences celebrate the study of what it means to be human and how we relate to the world around us,” said Lord Nicholas Stern, president of the British Academy, in a statement. “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.”

Garland, an internationally recognized expert on the sociology of crime and punishment, has won awards for a number of his books. The most recent is Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition, honored by the American Sociological Association and the Association of American Publishers. In addition to his British Academy fellowship, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the American Society of Criminology, and a Fellow-Designate of the Center of Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Other NYU Law professors previously elected to the British Academy include University Professor Jerome Bruner, University Professor Thomas Nagel, and University Professor Jeremy Waldron.

Posted on July 24, 2013