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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.


The WALTER D. LOVE PRIZE in History is a $150 award given annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best article or paper of similar length or scope by a North American scholar in the field of British history.  The 2019 prize will be awarded to an article published during the calendar year 2018. The prize journal article or paper, which may be published anywhere in the world, should exhibit a humane and compassionate understanding of the subject, imagination, literary grace, and scrupulous scholarship.  It should also make a significant contribution to its field of study.  Chapters from longer works are not eligible, but papers appearing in edited collections of essays are eligible. [Note: Articles considered for the Walkowitz Prize may also be eligible for the Love Prize, but the selection committees will operate entirely separately.]

All scholars who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada and living in either country at the time of the award are eligible to compete. An electronic copy (sent as a PDF) of the nominated article or paper should be sent via e-mail by 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2019 to each member of the Prize Committee. The article file should be named as follows: (NOMINEE NAME_LoveArticle). Contact details for each committee member, including e-mail addresses, appear below: 

Chair: Daniel Ussishkin
Department of History
University of Wisconsin-Madison
3211 George Mosse Humanities Bldg.
455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706
[email protected]
Emily Robinson
School of Law, Politics, & Sociology
University of Sussex
Sussex House, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RH
United Kingdom
[email protected]
Aidan Forth
Department of History
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Crown Center, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60660
[email protected]


Elizabeth Prevost, “On Feminists, Functionalists, and Friends: Lobola and the Gender Politics of Imperial Trusteeship in Interwar Britain,” The Journal of Modern History 89 (September 2017), 562-600.

In a beautifully written and meticulously researched piece, Elizabeth Prevost explores the tensions inherent to liberal discourses of development in the context of the interwar politics of trusteeship. Focusing on the campaign against the institution of bridewealth in Africa, her story brings together an unusual range of actors: feminist activists and reformists, social scientists, missionaries, the British imperial state, and the League of Nations. Her nuanced and sophisticated analysis highlights the ways in which the debate on lobola generated surprising and unexpected divisions among myriad groups of actors. Prevost’s brilliant analysis weaves together the histories of feminism, liberalism, humanitarianism, social-scientific discourses, imperialism, and transnationalism. The broad intellectual reach and engagement allows her to offer important contributions to our understanding of these histories in imperial Britain and beyond, and sheds new light on the contradictory impulses and tensions that characterize the language of development and rights discourse today.