Honorary Foreign Member Recipients
The Association established the Honorary Foreign Membership in 1886 to recognize historians working outside the United States, for their distinguished scholarship and assistance to American scholars working in their country.
2013 Honorary Foreign Member
Patrick K. O’Brien, London School of Economics
Patrick K. O'Brien has written groundbreaking works on the history of state formation, empire, industrialization, and economic development. His 4 books, 17 edited or co-edited books, and well over 100 journal articles have influenced research on almost every world region. He has also been a visionary and indefatigable organizer of scholarly networks, creating productive dialogues that have brought US-based scholars together with others from around the world, and spanned seemingly unbridgeable ideological and methodological gaps. His students from the School of Oriental and African Studies, Oxford, and the London School of Economics include many leading scholars in multiple generations; a list of colleagues who are indebted to him might be even more imposing. It is a privilege to join the British Academy, the Academia Europeana, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Society of Arts, and other institutions that have honored Professor O'Brien, and to thank him for his many contributions to history.