Linda Colley Awarded Honorary Degree from Oxford

Sept. 24, 2021

She received her honorary degree alongside Former United States First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Professor Dame Sally Davies, Baronees Ruth Lister, Professor Anna Deavere Smith, and author Jeanette Winterson. The ceremony was delayed because of the global pandemic.

Professor Linda Colley CBE is an award-winning historian, Princeton University’s Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History, and a Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. Her seven books span British, imperial and global history since 1700, and have been translated into 15 languages. A Fellow of the British Academy, she has delivered the Trevelyan Lectures at Cambridge University, the Wiles Lectures at Queen’s University Belfast, the Robb Lectures at the University of Auckland, and the Prime Minister’s Millennium Lecture. A winner of the Wolfson Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards, she was appointed a CBE for services to history in 2009. Her penultimate work, Acts of Union and Disunion, was also a BBC Radio 4 series; while her most recent and widely praised volume is The Gun, the Ship, and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions and the Making of the Modern World.

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