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The official publication of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), the Journal of British Studies, has positioned itself as the critical resource for scholars of British culture from the Middle Ages through the present. Drawing on both established and emerging approaches, JBS presents scholarly articles and books reviews from renowned international authors who share their ideas on British society, politics, law, economics, and the arts. In 2005 (Vol. 44), the journal merged with the NACBS publication Albion, creating one journal for NACBS membership.


A leading scholar of British social and cultural history, particularly in relation to issues of gender and sexuality, Professor Judith R. Walkowitz has played a significant role in shaping the field of British Studies and the community of scholars who participate in the endeavor. The Judith R. Walkowitz Article Prize is awarded annually for the best published article on issues relating to gender and sexuality in British culture. The prize is open to scholars resident in North America working in any time period and in any discipline in British Studies, and carries a cash award of $150. The 2020 prize will be awarded to an article published during the calendar year 2019. [Note: Articles considered for the Walkowitz Prize may also be eligible for the Love Prize, but the selection committees will operate entirely separately.]

All scholars who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada and living in either country at the time of the award are eligible to compete. An electronic copy (sent as a PDF) of the nominated article or paper should be sent via e-mail by 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2020 to each member of the Prize Committee. The article file should be named as follows: (NOMINEE NAME_Walkowitz Article). Contact details for each committee member, including e-mail addresses, appear below: 

Chair: Susan Amussen
Department of History
School of Social Sciences, Humanities, & Arts
University of California-Merced
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
(209) 228-4590
[email protected]
Chris Waters
Department of History
Williams College
Hollander Hall
85 Mission Park Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267
Brian Lewis
Department of History & Classical Studies
McGill University
Leacock, Rm 613
855 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7
514-398-4400 ext.00684
[email protected]


Julia Rudolph (North Carolina State University), “Crediting Women,” Droit & Philosophie 11 (November 2019).

This sophisticated and meticulous article addresses what seems a simple question: how was women’s testimony credited in the 18th and 19th centuries?  It does so by weaving together multiple historical registers, from women’s engagement in the credit economy, to concerns about fraud, ideas of natural law and contract, and the spread of adversarial practice in the courtroom. Changes in both the cultural and legal landscape, as well as the economic changes resultant from the so-called ‘rise of commercial society’, are mapped onto each other in order to account for ways in which women’s testimonial credibility was understood and diminished. Rudolph moves fluently between the worlds of legal philosophy, economic change, religious practice, as well as eighteenth-century print culture.  The changes Rudolph charts helped shape the modern laws of evidence: the past lives in current practice. This is a virtuoso article, which demonstrates how careful attention to multiple forces illuminates the complex process of cultural and legal change.