Western University Political ScienceFaculty of Social Science

Selected President-Elect of College of New Scholars

Professor Joanna Quinn with Ugandan Women

Associate Professor Joanna Quinn, has been selected as President-Elect of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

"It's an honour to be asked to serve as President of The College. I look forward to working with Canada's emerging intellectual leaders to connect College members in useful and innovative ways that showcase the depth and breadth of our collective research."

Quinn was named a member of the College in 2015. Quinn’s research considers the role of acknowledgement in overcoming the causes of conflict. She has written widely on the truth commissions in Uganda, Haiti, and elsewhere, and on the role of customary practices of acknowledgement and justice in transitional justice in Uganda and in Fiji and Solomon Islands.

"We're extremely proud of not only Professor Quinn's research at Western, which examines how societies acknowledge and cope with past crimes, but of her leadership within the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists," says John Capone, Western's Vice-President (Research). "It comes at a time Western and the RSC alike are taking great strides to increase scholarly connections and promote excellence in research."

Joanna Quinn will assume the office of President-Elect during the Celebration of Excellence of the RSC on the weekend of November 23-25, 2017 at the Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her two-year term as President of the College will begin in November 2018.

The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists is Canada's first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. The Members of the College are scholars and artists, who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement. The College has gender parity and linguistic and cultural diversity. Scientists, artists, researchers in the humanities, and social scientists of the College strive to overcome disciplinary and academic boundaries in the common pursuit of knowledge.