Professor Ran Hirschl Is Awarded Prestigious 2012 Killam Research Fellowship for Comparative Constitutional Scholarship

April 23, 2012

Hirschl recognized for comparative constitutional scholarship

Article by Elaine Smith, U of T News

Posted Wednesday, February 22, 2012

University of Toronto professor Ran Hirschl of the Department of Political Science and the Faculty of Law has been named the recipient of one of the seven 2012 Killam Research Fellowships.

The prestigious fellowships, awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts, allow researchers to pursue independent research for two years using a stipend of $70,000 annually. Recipients were chosen by the Killam selection committee, comprising 15 scientists and scholars from a broad range of disciplines.

“I am grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts and its reviewers for finding merit in my proposal,” said Hirschl. “It is a tremendous honour. I am delighted to have my name added to the list of distinguished Killam Fellowship recipients at the University of Toronto.”

Hirschl, the Canada Research Chair in Constitutionalism, Democracy & Development, holds a PhD from Yale University and has held visiting professorships at Stanford, Harvard and NYU. He plans to spend his fellowship term completing a book that explores the foundations and evolution of comparative constitutional studies, examining how methods of comparative constitutional inquiry affect contemporary constitutional law.

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