Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Prof. Ayelet Shachar, professor of law and political science, and Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Multiculturalism, and Prof. Ran Hirschl, professor of political science and law, and Canada Research Chair in Constitutionalism, Democracy and Development, have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada.

In its announcement, the RSC noted Shachar’s “foundational contributions to the fields of international ethics and global justice” and lauded her innovative, inspirational scholarship in citizenship, gender equality and religious diversity. For Hirschl, the RSC recognized his “foundational contributions to the field of comparative public law” and his bold, pioneering research in constitutional law and judicial politics.

Royal Society of Canada Fellowships are the highest honour a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences. The prestigious society includes more than 2000 Canadian scholars, artists, and scientists who have made distinguished contributions in the arts, humanities, sciences and Canadian public life. They are peer-elected and are recognized as the top in their field.

University of Toronto professors received a total of 21 Fellowships out of 90 recognized today by the RSC.

“The RSC warmly welcomes this year’s 90 newly elected Fellows. These outstanding scholars, artists and scientists will be joining the Society due to their outstanding work in the arts, humanities and sciences,” said Graham Bell, RSC president, in a media release. “By promoting and recognizing these leading intellectuals and researchers, the Royal Society of Canada continues to be on the forefront of significant advances for the betterment of Canada and the world.”

The Fellows will be inducted to the academies of the RSC during the Induction and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City.