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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 2018 prize will be awarded to an article published during the calendar year 2017. 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. 

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, 2018 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
Emily Robinson
School of Law, Politics, & Sociology
University of Sussex
Sussex House, Falmer
Brighton, BN1 9RH
United Kingdom
Aidan Forth
Department of History
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Crown Center, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60660


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

Christopher Bischof’s article tells a compelling story about the introduction and exploitation of Chinese labor in response to a perceived crisis within “humanitarian capitalism” in the nineteenth-century British empire. Bischof’s sophisticated analysis of social engineering as a feature of imperial governance in this period sheds new light on the production of imperial knowledge, and the growth of free trade ideology. Moreover, his appreciation for “contingency, experimentation and negotiation” in labor relations not only affords new perspectives on the movement from slave to indentured labor in the post-emancipation years, but also contributes to a richer understanding of transnational histories of Chinese labor. The committee was particularly impressed by the breadth of scholarship that Bischof engages, and the ways in which his article brings together multiple strands of historiography – in the histories of humanitarianism, slavery, political economy, gender and race, as well as histories of the self—helping us to trace the formation of modern economic individuals in the context of empire and emancipation.