Skip to content


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 Stansky Book Prize of $500 is awarded annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best book published anywhere by a North American scholar on any aspect of British studies since 1800. The author must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada and be living in either country at the time of the award.  Nominations may be made by the author or by the publisher of the book.  A publisher may nominate more than one title each year but should use discretion and not overburden the Prize Committee.

The 2021 competition covers books published in 2020. Separate copies of the letter of nomination and of the book nominated should be sent to each member of the Prize Committee, postmarked by May 1, 2021. (Only books sent to every committee member can be considered.)  The committee prefers print copies but will, of course, consider e-book submissions. 

Committee members may be using alternate addresses while university campuses are responding to the Covid-19 outbreak. Presses and authors should contact each committee member by email to arrange for delivery of either hard copy or e-book submissions. 

Chair: Stephen M. Miller
Department of History
University of Maine
[email protected] 

Mark Doyle
Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University
[email protected]

Laura Tabili
Department of History
University of Arizona
[email protected]


Kate Imy (University of North Texas) Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army (Stanford University Press, 2019)

Imy’s study of South Asian soldiers who fought for the British Empire (1900-1939) explores how the racial and religious diversity of the Indian Army, which the British attempted to deploy for their own ends, became entwined in anti-colonial politics.  Using English, Hindi and Urdu sources, Imy investigates the experience of Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, and Gurkha soldiers in a global war and at home in peacetime.  Faithful Fighters is a carefully researched and compelling book which demonstrates how the construction of racial, ethnic, and religious groups within the culture of the military became both a tool of colonialism.  It also reveals how the hardened identities that resulted ultimately led not only to anti-colonial resistance but also to powerful social and cultural divisions that persisted well into the post-colonial period.

Honorable Mention

Elizabeth Thornberry (Johns Hopkins), Colonizing Consent: Rape and Governance in South Africa’s Eastern Cape (Cambridge University Press)