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Five Arts & Science scholars named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

For their achievements in disciplines reflecting the depth and diversity of the Faculty of Arts & Science, five researchers and scholars have been named Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC).

The Royal Society bestows this honour on Canadians “who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life.”

“This year’s cohort of Fellows joins a distinguished group of Arts & Science professors who have been honoured by the Royal Society in previous years,” says Melanie Woodin, dean of the Faculty. “They are just as deserving of this distinction for the excellence of their research and its impact around the world. They are a big part of the reason U of T remains a leading research institution and I am proud to congratulate them all.”

Ito Peng
Ito Peng

Ito Peng is a professor in the Department of Sociology and a world authority in global social policy specializing in East-West comparisons. Her groundbreaking research on gender, care and migration policies and the global care economy established her as an internationally acknowledged thought leader on issues of gender equality, care work, transnational care migration, and the multidimensional and interlocking dependencies between the Global North and South through the work of care and the migration of care workers.

“I am really excited, thrilled and, to be honest, a bit surprised to be elected to the RSC,” says Peng. “I am honoured and grateful for the recognition for my work on global social policy, care, care migration and the care economy — a sector that has been until recent years quite invisible even within social sciences.

“I am also grateful to many people – friends, colleagues, mentors and students – who have pushed me, and helped and supported me with my work and research. This fellowship has incentivized me to work even harder to make contributions to better care and social and gender equality in Canada and beyond.”


Read the full announcement to learn more about the Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada