Aileen was recognised by the society for her outstanding contribution to Scottish Literarture and the Arts with a Fletcher of Saltoun Award in 2019.
Aileen Christianson was a valued member of the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh for many years as well as an indispensable part of the editorial team of the Carlyle Letters project.
Aileen was an indefatigable as a member of the research team on the Carlyles. Her experience over decades her made a recognised authority, especially on Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-66), the study of which was a central part of her research output. Every part of the Carlyle story, however, has benefited from her scrupulous researches in Scotland, in France, and far afield in research libraries.
Beyond this however, Aileen was responsible for teaching and propagating knowledge of Scottish writers, particularly women writers, and her work on Willa Muir was the product of years of research and has been very positively received. Her teaching has been inspirational for generations of these meeting writers for the first time who might otherwise have passed unnoticed. At undergraduate and postgraduate level she has firmly established Scottish authors as figures for scholarly research.
Outside academe she had been a committed figure in Scottish society, speaking widely, and (as generations of former students will attest) opening out new areas of interest for many.