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Professor Sir David Cannadine appointed new Editor of the ODNB

Professor Sir David Cannadine appointed new Editor of the ODNB

10 March 2014

The historian Professor Sir David Cannadine has been appointed as the new Editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB), and will take up the post on 1 October 2014.

The ODNB is the national record of more than 59,000 people who have shaped British history and culture from the Romans to 2010. It is a research and publishing project overseen by academic editors at the University of Oxford, and published by Oxford University Press.

Sir David Cannadine is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University. He is a specialist in the political, social, and cultural history of modern Britain and its empire. He is the author of 14 books (and editor of a further 14 volumes) including The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy, Ornamentalism: how the British saw their Empire, Making History Now and Then, and The Undivided Past: Humanity Beyond our Differences. A former chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery, London, he was knighted for services to scholarship in 2009. Sir David will combine the Editorship of the ODNB with teaching at Princeton. He will also become a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford.

Sir David will succeed the ODNB’s current Editor, Dr Lawrence Goldman, vice-master of St Peter’s College, Oxford, who has held the Editorship since October 2004. A historian of 19th and 20th century Britain and the United States, and the author of The Life of R.H. Tawney: Socialism and History, Lawrence will now resume his full-time teaching duties in the University.

Professor Sir David Cannadine said: 'The ODNB is an unrivalled scholarly resource of exceptional high quality, it is an essential and defining part of the public culture of our nation, and it is admired and emulated—and envied—around the world. I greatly look forward to working with Oxford University, with OUP, and with the ODNB team, in taking the Dictionary forward with our global audience into the next phase of the digital age.'

Nigel Portwood, Chief Executive of OUP, said: ‘Sir David is an outstanding historian with the perfect credentials to lead the work on the ODNB, and I know that he will ensure that it remains a trusted and valuable work of reference.’

For more information please contact Dan Parker at OUP on 01865 353344 or daniel.parker@oup.com.