Reem Bahdi and Leslie HowsamThe Royal Society of Canada will honour UWindsor professors Reem Bahdi and Leslie Howsam at its induction and awards ceremony November 27.

Royal recognition for UWindsor professors

Two members of the UWindsor faculty have received recognition from the Royal Society of Canada, its president Graham Bell announced Tuesday.

History professor emeritus Leslie Howsam will be inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society and law professor Reem Bahdi will join the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in an awards ceremony November 27 in Victoria, BC.

The society cited Dr. Howsam’s international reputation as Canada’s foremost scholar in the interdisciplinary and transnational study of the history of the book. It cited her meticulous and ground-breaking scholarship, focused on 19th- and early-20th-century Britain, using archival and digital sources to recover the practices of authorship, publishing and reading of books and periodicals.

She is one of 87 new fellows elected this year by their peers in recognition of outstanding scholarly, scientific and artistic achievement.

Professor Bahdi is one of 48 incoming members to the college representing the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada. A human rights scholar and international development innovator, she is the only Palestinian-Canadian law professor, and has spearheaded reforms to the Palestinian justice system and promoted human dignity through judicial education in the West Bank.

Dr. Bell praised the new cohort of outstanding scholars: “By promoting and recognizing these leading intellectuals and researchers, the Royal Society of Canada continues to be on the forefront of significant advances for the betterment of Canada and the world.”