The Senate Committee on Awards has selected Professor Jonathan Edmondson, Department of History and Program in Classical Studies as the 2017 recipients of the Distinguished Research Professorship in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.
A Distinguished Research Professor is a member of the faculty who has made outstanding contributions to the University through research and is one of the highest accolades accorded to a faculty member at York University.
The nomination for Edmondson offers high praise for the international impact of his prolific, original scholarly research, his contributions to the development of young scholars and his reputation as a good citizen of the University.
In their nomination for Edmondson, York history Professors Benjamin Kelly and Jeremey Trevett state that Edmondson “is a historian of Ancient Rome whose career has been distinguished by major contributions to multiple fields within this broad area of specialization. He is an expert of international renown on Roman Spain, on Roman epigraphy (i.e. inscriptions on stone and metal), on Roman social history, especially family history, and on Roman spectacle. Mastery of so many different areas of Roman history is highly unusual and Professor Edmondson has a strong claim to be the most distinguished Roman historian currently working in Canada.”
Edmondson is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (U.K.) since 2009 and the corresponding member of the Real Academia de la Historia (Royal Academy of History, Spain).