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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 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 2022 competition covers books published in 2021. 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 2, 2022. (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: Mark Doyle
Department of History
Middle Tennessee State University
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Kate Imy
Department of History
University of North Texas
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Laura Tabili
Department of History
University of Arizona
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Alex Chase-Levenson (University of Pennsylvania), The Yellow Flag: Quarantine and the British Mediterranean World, 1780-1860 (Cambridge University Press, 2020).

The Yellow Flag is a model work of transnational history that illuminates Britain's complex relationship with the Mediterranean world through exhaustive research across multiple nations and languages. It recounts British participation in Europe’s prophylactic “universal quarantine” of people and cargo arriving from the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. In keeping Europe plague-free while the Ottoman Empire continued to suffer, this border regime constructed the people of the Orient and the colonies as sources of contagion, creating a far-reaching detention regime. Driven by public health officials “on the spot,” cooperation with France, Italy, the Habsburgs, and Malta also shaped responses to domestic epidemics such as cholera. This timely book anticipates popular and scholarly concerns about bureaucratic overreach, migration, smuggling, transnational cooperation, and the state’s power to inflict social and economic costs in order to contain a deadly, poorly understood disease.