James Belich: Kiwi historian nabs leading role at Oxford University

Source: National Business Review, 5-9-11

Prominent New Zealand historian Professor James Belich has been appointed to one of the top jobs in the world in his field.

Professor Belich will take up the Beit Professorship of Commonwealth and Imperial History at Oxford University in the United Kingdom in October this year.

He is currently Professor of History at Victoria University’s Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies.

The Beit Professorship provides research leadership in Commonwealth, imperial and global history and is awarded to a historian of exceptional and international reputation.

The position was established in 1905 and Professor Belich will be the seventh historian to hold it.

Professor Belich says the appointment is an honour and will allow him to take his research interests, which he describes as ‘increasingly global’ to a wider canvas…READ MORE

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