Professor recognised for outstanding contribution to social sciences

Professor James Shields
Professor James Shields
20 May 2011 

James Shields, Professor of French Politics and Modern History at Aston University in Birmingham (UK), has achieved the distinction of being elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Academicians are elected for life and are designated by the letters AcSS. Professor Shields is one of 70 eminent scholars and practitioners whose outstanding contribution to social sciences has been recognised by the Academy in its latest annual conferment.

Professor Shields returned to Aston in 2010, having taught at the Universities of Glasgow, Caen, Aston (1984-90) and Warwick (1990-2009). Much of his research has focused on French politics and contemporary history, with particular reference to far-right politics in France since the Vichy regime. His book The Extreme Right in France: From Pétain to Le Pen (Routledge, 2007) has been recognised as a definitive work in this field. In 2007, he won the American Political Science Association’s Stanley Hoffmann Award for the best article on French politics, selected from 223 articles in 112 journals across 22 countries. He has given close to 100 interviews to British, French, American, Australian, and other broadcast and print media in relation to his work on politics, and has won funding for his research from the British Academy, Nuffield Foundation, Arts and Humanities Research Council, and other bodies. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) and Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Professor Shields joins Professors Mark Hart, Nigel Driffield and Willie Paterson as Academicians at Aston. They are among the 700 Academicians and 40 learned societies that make up the Academy of Social Sciences’ membership.


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