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Fellowship for QMU professor recognises contribution to the English language

David Finkelstein, Research Professor of Media and Print Culture at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh is to be honoured with a Fellowship of the English Association.

Founded in 1906, The English Association is a Learned Society which aims to further knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the English language. It has a long tradition of honouring distinguished figures who have made a special contribution to the promotion of the language arts.

Professor Finkelstein is being recognised for his significant contribution to enriching and promoting English through his academic work. He specialises in cultural, narrative and print media studies, and has specific interests in Victorian print culture and general book history. He is co-director of the Scottish Archive of Print and Publishing History Records (SAPPHIRE), The SAPPHIRE project records the social, economic and cultural history of the Scottish printing and publishing industries in the twentieth century and was recently honoured with a Glenfiddich Living Scotland Award for its contribution to the preservation of Scotland’s cultural heritage.

As a new Fellow of the English Association, Professor Finkelstein will play an important role as an ambassador for the promotion of language, literature and creativity. 

Currently The English Association has over 250 Fellows including writers, educationalists, librarians, journalists, critics, and editors. Last year, Fellows took part in an event in Glasgow which paid tribute to poet Edwin Morgan on his 90 th birthday.

Professor Finkelstein said: “I am pleased that my work in the field of literary culture and print heritage has been deemed worthy of such an honour. It is a significant distinction, demonstrating the level of high quality research supported and found in new universities such as Queen Margaret.”



  • Prior to joining Queen Margaret University ten years ago, Professor Finkelstein was an archivist at the National Library of Scotland, a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and a lecturer and senior lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University.
  • Past presidents of The English Association have included John Galsworthy, Harley Granville–Barker, Sir Kenneth Clark and Dame Rebecca West. 

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