"I am delighted to welcome these distinguished and pioneering scholars to our Fellowship,” said British Academy President Prof Julia Black in a statement. "While I hope this means that the tide is finally turning for women in academia, there is still much to do to make the research world diverse and open to all."
Prof Lawson herself is actively working to create a world more inclusive of diversity. Joint Director of the Centre for Disability Studies at the University of Leeds, she works at the intersection of disability rights and law. Her current projects include the Inclusive Public Space project, which examines unequal access to city streets, and in the past she has worked extensively on access to justice for people, and especially children, with disabilities. On her research page, she explains how her academic interest stems from her own experience as a disabled person.
"Very proud to announce that our co-Director, Professor Anna Lawson has been made a Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of her contribution to research and policy in the field of disability law," the Centre for Disability Studies tweeted in response to the announcement.
The British Academy is the national academy for the humanities and social sciences in the UK. Every year they elect outstanding scholars to their Fellowship, who have "achieved distinction" in their field. (© Emilie Steinmark / AcademiaNet / Spektrum.de)