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Graduate and Early Career Caucus

The Graduate and Early Career Caucus (GECC) of the North American Conference on British Studies is open to all graduate students and early career scholars who are members in good standing in NACBS, and aims to support, inform, promote, and provide services that benefit the research conducted by these groups. The NACBS GECC hosts a roundtable and workshop during the NACBS annual conference, organizes panels of professional and scholarly interest throughout the academic year, and functions as a direct line of communication with the NACBS Executive Committee. 

GECC Leadership

The GECC is led by two graduate representatives (one medievalist/early modern and one modern). The current GECC leaders are Rachel Monsey, a PhD Candidate at Boston University where she researches 17th and 18th century intellectual history and the politics of mourning and grief, and Michael Vernon, a PhD Candidate at Florida State University where he researches gender expression and land policy in 19th century Ireland and South Africa. If you have questions about the GEEC you can contact Rachel and Michael at

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Rachel Monsey

Boston University

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Michael Vernon

Florida State University

GECC Events
The Academic Conference

October 19, 2023


The GECC is hosting a virtual meeting on Thursday, 19 October 2023 at 2:30pm EST to discuss "The Academic Conference." Panelists Jessica Clark, Paul Deslandes, Caroline Shaw, and Charles Upchurch will speak on their experiences preparing for, attending, and planning academic conferences. This event is designed to provide members of the GECC with insights in how to effectively prepare for conferences and how to get the most out of their experience. Register here to attend. 

Designing a Syllabus for the British Survey

November 10, 2023

NACBS 2023

Pedagogy-specific training is inconsistent across institutions and departments. Yet, for most of us, teaching the British survey is a central part of our pedagogical repertoire. Join the GECC at NACBS 2023 for a hands-on workshop that will help grads design and refine a sample syllabus.

About our cover image

Image: Detail from Chadwick, Tom, “Object: When fishes flew and forests walked,” illustration from CK Chesterton’s “The Donkey,” c. 1930-7. Image courtesy The British Museum.

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