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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 Awards (2017)

Prize List (see details below)

John Ben Snow Prize—William Cavert (University of St. Thomas), The Smoke of London: Energy and the Environment in the Early Modern City (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

Stansky Prize (Co-Winners)—Laura Beers (American University and University of Birmingham), Red Ellen: The Life of Ellen Wilkinson, Socialist, Feminist, Internationalist (Harvard University Press 2016); Mark Doyle (Middle Tennessee State University), Communal Violence in the British Empire: Disturbing the Pax (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).

Walter D. Love Prize-- Christopher Bishof (University of Richmond), “Chinese Labourers, Free Blacks and Social Engineering in the Post-Emancipation British West Indies,” Past & Present 231 (May, 2016): 129-168

NACBS Dissertation Fellowship—Ruby Daily (Northwestern University), “Sex and Violence in Modern Britain” 

NACBS Dissertation Travel Grants—Agnes Burt (Boston University), “Reforming the Married State: Women and Property after the Married Women’s Property Acts, 1870-1922”; Lynneth Miller (Baylor University), “Satan Danced in the Person of the Damsel: Dance, Sacrilege, and Gender in England, 1280-1640”

NACBS/Huntington Library Fellowship—Sonia Tycko (Harvard University), ‘Coerced Labor in an Age of Contract: England, 1639-1689’

NACBS Pre-Dissertation Grants—Catharine Babikian (Rutgers University), “Creating Welfare, Nursing Empire: Colonial Student Nurses in the NHS”; Katya Maslakowski (Northwestern University), “Men of Violence: Counterinsurgency and British Colonial Violence at the End of Empire”

NACBS M.A. Essay Prize—Megan Groninger (University of West Georgia), “Deserving and Undeserving: Representations of the Moralization of Poverty in the British Press during the Passing of the New Poor Law”

NACBS M.A. Essay Prize Honorable Mention—Kelly Daughtridge (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), “Women’s Funerary Monuments Commissioned by Men in Early Modern England”


The winners of the prize and fellowship competitions are announced at the NACBS annual conference. Previous winners of recent competitions are available below: