Dr Jasmine Donahaye becomes Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales

The Learned Society of Wales (LSW) recently announced the results of its 2017 election of new Fellows spanning the arts, humanities, sciences and public service. Amongst the newly elected was Dr Jasmine Donahaye, Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University.

Election to Fellowship is a public recognition of academic excellence, and admission is fiercely competitive with Fellows being elected following a rigorous examination of their achievements in their relevant fields. Dr Donahaye was elected for her significant contribution to Welsh and Jewish culture both through her impressive professional and writing career and her academic success. She has worked in various capacities as a writer, researcher and editor.

During her eight years working in Welsh publishing Dr Donahaye has been a Commissioning Editor for Parthian Books, the Project Editor of the Library of Wales series and Editor of Planet Magazine, as well as serving as Publishing Grants Officer at the Welsh Books Council. Her memoir, Losing Israel, was named the winner of the Wales Book of the Year Open University in Wales Creative Non-Fiction Award in 2016.

Speaking about her nomination Dr Donahaye said: “I feel delighted and humbled to have been nominated and then elected a Fellow of the Learned Society. My academic career has hardly followed a traditional path: I dropped out of school at seventeen and didn’t graduate from university until I was thirty, so to have my contribution recognised and supported by fellow scholars in this way is a real honour.”

The Society now has more than 460 Fellows, distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who are prominent figures within their respective academic disciplines or professions. This year 35% of the new Fellows are female, and of the STEMM Fellows elected, a third are women, the highest proportion in the history of the Society.

The proportion of female Fellows elected represents the Society’s continuing effort to improve the representation of women amongst the Fellowship.

Sir Emyr Jones Parry, the Society’s President, said: “More women are reaching the highest levels of their discipline, and this is rightly being reflected in their election to the Fellowship of the Society. I am delighted to welcome such a wide range of outstanding individuals to the Fellowship this year.

“This year’s election appreciates scholars who are making a contribution of excellence. They and their work are an inspiration to the nation.”

For more information on the Learned Society of Wales see https://www.learnedsociety.wales/newfellows17/