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Our New Colleagues

Jun 30, 2023

Please help us welcome our new colleagues!

The New JBS Editorial Team

We are delighted to welcome the new editorial team for the Journal of British Studies. Nadja Durbach (University of Utah) and Tammy M. Proctor (Utah State University) will serve as co-editors. A social and cultural historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain and its empire, Nadja was also trained in the history of medicine and the body in the early modern and modern periods, and in interdisciplinary Victorian Studies and Cultural Studies methodologies. Tammy is a social and cultural historian of modern Britain and its relationship to its empire, Europe, and the wider world. Much of her scholarship has focused on transnational questions of gender, youth, and war in the twentieth century, and her work intersects with military, diplomatic, and intelligence history. Nadja and Tammy will be joined by Chelsea Reutcke as the JBS Postdoctoral Fellow. Welcome Nadja, Tammy, and Chelsea!

Thanks to Sandra and Jeff!

NACBS leadership ​expresses grateful appreciation for the ​exceptional work Sandra den Otter, Jeff Collins, and the JBS editorial team at Queen’s University accomplished over the past six years. Throughout their tenure, Sandra and Jeff drew scholars from every facet of British Studies, combining scholarship by medieval and early modern authors with modern and contemporary fields.  Sandra and Jeff also mentored many emerging PhD editorial assistants, who flourished under their tutelage. In uncertain times, they graciously agreed to extend their term because of the disruptions caused by Covid.  We hope you will all join us in thanking Sandra and Jeff for their expertise, effort, dedication and their outstanding work editing the journal. Thank you!

New Executive Director

We hope you will join us in welcoming Amanda Perry as our new executive director. Amanda has been an NACBS member for many years, helped organize the 2016 meeting in DC, and since last year has served as digital media director for NACBS. She previously worked as associate director at the National History Center of the American Historical Association. Her dissertation explored the social and cultural world of British imperial diplomacy in interwar Iraq. Please feel free to reach out to Amanda at

Thanks to Laura!

The NACBS extends warm thanks to Professor Laura Beers, American University, for her five years of outstanding service as the first Executive Director of the organization. Laura worked tirelessly to organize arrangements for five national conferences, creating ideal settings for the membership to gather, share, and create scholarship in British Studies. Thanks to her swift response to the restrictions of the pandemic, Laura enabled us to experience a uniquely exciting online conference in 2020. We will miss her and hope that she continues to flourish as a leading light in British history!

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