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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 2014/2015.

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 copy of the essay and the letter of nomination to EACH of the following three members of the adjudication committee by June 15th, 2015 (3 copies in total).

Chair: Professor Rob Falconer
Grant MacEwan University
Room 7-352, City Centre Campus
10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T5J 4S2  CANADA
Professor Laura Nym Mayhall
Associate Dean
School of Arts and Sciences
McMahon 109
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


Essay Contest Winners (2014)

Tatiana August-Schmidt, “Films for a New Germany: British Documentaries and the Reeducation of West Germany.” University of California, Berkeley: Nominated by James Vernon

Brennan Dempsey, “The Power of Pictures in John Foxe's Book of Martyrs”. Dalhousie University: Nominated by Krista Kesselring

Kelsey Loveless, “From the Depths: Robert Ross and His Role in Wilde’s Queer Britain.” Boston University: Nominated by Kathryn Lamontagne

Hillary MacKinlay, "'Thou shalt have no other gods before me': Protestant Republicanism and the Rump Parliament." Dalhousie University: Nominated by Krista Kesselring

Sarah McGarry, “The Tightrope Walk towards the Easter Rising Centenary in 2016: Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland Debate the Issues Through Newspapers.” Carleton University: Nominated by Yvonne Bennett

Madalyn Northuis, “Becoming Citizens: The British Women’s Movement, 1918-1928.” Hope College: Nominated by Marc Baer

Gunnar Rice, “The Two-Headed Dragon: Sir Francis Drake in Popular Spanish and English Verse Poetry, 1585-1698.” Princeton University: Nominated by Eleanor Hubbard

Heather Wyland, “The Calico Campaign: Fashion Frenzy and the Origins of the British Cotton Industry.” Texas Tech University: Nominated by Abigail Swingen