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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.


NACBS Undergraduate Essay Contest


Each year the NACBS awards eight prizes of $100.00 each to the best essays on British topics submitted by undergraduates studying in American and Canadian universities. 

Essays may be from any department –History, English, Philosophy, Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, etc.–as long as they relate to British Studies and date from 2015/2016.

Essays must have been written while the author was a degree-seeking undergraduate at a U.S. or Canadian college or university.

Essays should be no longer than 25 pages (please, no theses).

Submissions must be accompanied by a nominating letter from the professor who taught the course for which the essay was written. Nominating faculty must be current members of the NACBS. Please include the permanent mailing address and email contact information for the student.

Send a paper and an electronic copy of the essay and the letter of nomination to EACH of the following three members of the adjudication committee by June 30th, 2016 (3 copies in total).

Chair: Professor Laura Nym Mayhall
Associate Dean
School of Arts and Sciences
McMahon 107
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064  USA
Professor Glenn Clark
Department of English, Film, and Theatre
609 Fletcher Argue Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V5  CANADA
Professor John Smail
Dean of University College
2100 Colvard
University of North Carolina Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28223  USA


The Undergraduate Essay Prize Winners 2015 (announced by Keith Wrightson)

Undergraduate Essay Prizes were awarded to the following recipients:

  • Mackenzie Dancho, "Patriotism before Feminism: Images of Women in the British Media During the First World War." Carleton University: Nominated by Yvonne A. Bennett (Canada)
  • Hannah Dyckerhoff, “Immobilizing the Catholic Foe: A ‘Popery’ of Protestation in London 1780.” Grant MacEwan University: Nominated by Rob Falconer (Canada)
  • Colby Ellis, "William III and the Decision to Accept a Joint Constitutional Monarchy." Florida State University: Nominated by Charles Upchurch (USA)
  • Jeremy Gray, "Civil War Ciphers: John Wallis's Reputation as a Cryptographer." Boston University: Nominated by Michael Thornhill (USA)
  • Michelle (Shelly) Harder, “'As lauce leues of þe boke:' Cleanness and the Perils of Vernacular Reading." University of Western Ontario: Nominated by Richard J. Moll (Canada)
  • Sarah Letawsky, “Where Patriarchy, Gender, and Verdicts Collide: Servant Theft Against their Masters in England during the Late Seventeenth and Early Eighteenth Centuries.” Grant MacEwan University:  Nominated by Rob Falconer (Canada)
  • Isabel McGrory-Klyza, “Cultivating the Lower Senses: Smell, Taste, and Touch on the Grand Tour.” Barnard College Columbia University: Nominated by Deborah Valenze (USA)
  • Adam Rymes, "Manipulated Voices: The Times Use of Soldier's Letters." Carleton University: Nominated by Yvonne A. Bennett (Canada)