USF Professor Elected to Prestigious British Academy

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2008) – Pat Rogers, Eminent Scholar and DeBartolo Chair of the Humanities at the University of South Florida, was recently installed as a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in recognition of his outstanding achievements as a literary scholar. On a par with the National Academy of Sciences in the United States, the British Academy focuses on the Social Sciences and Humanities. It was chartered in 1902 by King Edward VII and today has 900 fellows.

Each year the British Academy elects up to 38 Ordinary Fellows based in the United Kingdom and up to 10 Corresponding Fellows, scholars living outside the UK who have attained high international standing in their discipline. Installation as a Corresponding Fellow is an even greater distinction than the requirements for Ordinary Fellowship.

“Dr. Rogers’ installation into the British Academy is one of the most prestigious awards granted to any faculty member at USF in recent history,” said Ralph Wilcox, provost and senior vice president of Academic Affairs. “We are immensely honored to have Dr. Rogers on our faculty. His scholarship has had a profound impact not only at USF but on his discipline across the global academic community.”

Rogers, a specialist in 18th century British literature, has authored or edited 44 books, most recently The Cambridge Companion to Alexander Pope (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Edmund Curll, Bookseller (Oxford University Press, 2007). In 2004 he published the first full scholarly edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. An edition of papers from the 20th DeBartolo Conference is forthcoming from the University of Delaware Press. Rogers has just completed a biography, Hangman: The Earl of Coningsby and his Victims.

“I am grateful for the support of colleagues and staff at USF. The library does a fine job too. At Tampa now we’re hooked into a wide range of electronic records from all over the world. Not long ago you had to spend months traipsing around the archives, riffle through wads of paper for hours, and then copy everything out by hand. Today researchers have a lot of this material at their finger tips,” said Rogers.

Rogers joined the USF faculty in 1986. Previously, he was a professor at the universities of Cambridge, London, Wales, and Bristol. Rogers earned his M.A., Ph.D., and Litt.D from Cambridge University and a D. Litt. from the University of Bristol.

In addition to Rogers, the other scholars elected this year based in the United States are Daniel Kahneman of Princeton University, Martha Nussbaum of the University of Chicago, Peter Phillips of Yale University, and Bas van Fraasen of San Francisco State University. Past Fellows of the Academy include John Maynard Keynes, Karl Popper, Isaiah Berlin, Louis and Mary Leakey, A. J. P. Taylor, Kenneth Clark, C. S. Lewis, and Henry Moore.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference


Story written by Jacqui Cash, Academic Affairs