We are delighted to announce that two prominent Lady Margaret Hall alumnae, Malala Yousafzai and A.E. Stallings, have been awarded Honorary Fellowships by the College.

Honorary Fellowships are bestowed upon distinguished individuals who have a connection with LMH or the wider University, and who have made an outstanding contribution to their chosen field. You can read more about our two new Honorary Fellows below.

Malala Yousafzai (2017, PPE)

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai is co-founder and executive chair of Malala Fund, an international, non-profit organization that advocates for girls' education. Malala began her campaign for girls’ education at the age of 11 when she anonymously blogged for the BBC about life under the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. 

At age 15, she was attacked by the Taliban for speaking out. Malala recovered in the U.K. and continued her fight for girls. In 2013 she co-founded Malala Fund with her father, Ziauddin. A year later, Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts to see every girl complete 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

Malala is also a member of the Advisory Body for the Oxford Pakistan Programme, based at LMH. 

Photo of Malala Yousafzai wearing a pale grey headscarf
Photo of A.E. Stallings standing in front of a ruined ampitheatre

A.E. Stallings (1991, MSt Literae Humaniores)

In 2023, A.E. Stallings was appointed as the University of Oxford's Professor of Poetry, a prestigious four-year post whose former holders include Alice Oswald, Cecil Day-Lewis and current Poet Laureate Simon Armitage.

A.E. Stallings’s accolades include a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Poets’ Prize, and the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize. Her books include Archaic Smile (1999), Hapax (2006), Olives (2012), Like (2018), and This Afterlife (2022).

A longtime resident of Greece, A.E. Stallings’s interests range from a translation of Lucretius, to writing collections of poetry, to holding workshops with refugees. She is fascinated by European literature and its relationship to the Anglophone canon and with Classical reception in modern literature.

Photo of A.E. Stallings taken by Kostas Mantziaris.