Dr Catherine Ladds, Assistant Professor of the Department of History, has been elected to the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities as its first Junior Fellow.

This year the HKAH held its first election of Junior Fellows with the intention of recognising the research and leadership potential of gifted mid-career humanists in Hong Kong and supporting them to develop into world-class scholars. The HKAH elected Dr Ladds on the strength of her 2013-14 HKAH First Book Prize, which was awarded for her 2013 monograph, Empire Careers: Working for the Chinese Customs Service, 1854-1949.

Dr Ladds said: “I am looking forward to getting involved in the HKAH’s work in supporting the humanities in Hong Kong, especially as the importance and broader relevance of humanistic scholarship is often overlooked. Moreover, this is an exciting opportunity for me to develop my research profile under the guidance of senior Fellows of the Academy.”

The HKAH was founded in 2011 to support research in the humanities and to promote recognition of the value of humanistic scholarship to Hong Kong culture and society. Furthermore, it assists Hong Kong-based humanists to make international scholarly engagements in Asia and beyond.