British Studies at Northwestern
News and Announcements
Aviva Briefel, Professor of English and Cinema Studies at Bowdoin College, will present “Impossible Ghosts: Material Culture at the Limits of Evidence” on Thursday, May 7th at 5:15 pm in the Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201). A graduate student masterclass will take place at noon the next day.
Congratulations to our talented colleagues in History: Scott Sowerby’s book Making Toleration: The Repealers and the Glorious Revolution (Harvard, 2013) has won the Whitfield prize, awarded by the Royal Historical Society for the best first book in British or Irish history.
Deborah Cohen’s book Family Secrets: Shame and Privacy in Modern Britain (Oxford, 2013) has been awarded the American Historical Association’s Forkosch prize, for the best book in British, British imperial or British Commonwealth history, as well as the Stansky prize from the North American Conference on British Studies, awarded to the best book on any aspect of British studies since 1800.
And Helen Tilley, also in History, has won the Ludwik Fleck Prize from the Society for Social Studies of Science for her book Africa as a Living Laboratory: Empire, Development, and the Problem of Scientific Knowledge, 1870-1950 (Chicago, 2011).
Alexandra Lindgren-Gibson (History) is the recipient of three research fellowships this year: a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship; a Mellon-Council for European Studies Dissertation Completion Fellowship (declined); and a research travel grant from the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society (IASSCS), which will help fund a fall trip to India.
Marie Pantojan (English) has received a Predoctoral Fellowship from the William Andrews Memorial Clark Library, where she will be researching 18th-century histories of the English Civil War and Glorious Revolution.
Maha Jafri (English) recently published an article on gossip in George Eliot’s fiction in the Forum for Modern Language Studies.
Viv Soni, Associate Professor of English, has been awarded a Newberry Fellowship in 2014-15 for work on a new book on judgment.
About the Graduate Cluster in British Studies
British Studies has a long and distinguished history at Northwestern. Among the many scholars who have taught the history and literature of Britain at Northwestern are W. H. Auden, Lacey Baldwin Smith, Richard Ellmann, Jean Hagstrum, Larry Lipking, Harold Perkin, and T. W. Heyck.
Today, with thriving graduate programs in Art History, Comparative Literary Studies, Economics, English, History, Musicology, Political Science, Sociology, and Theatre and Drama, Northwestern offers a vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars working on Britain and its imperial past. This website details the requirements of the British Studies Cluster. It also brings together faculty and graduate students, lists relevant courses and events, and provides access to the many resources for British Studies that exist at the University and across Chicago.
British Studies Photos
Northwestern Presidential Fellows in British Studies
Maha Jafri (English, 2012-14)
Michael Slater (English, 2010-12)
Darcy Hughes Heuring (History, 2006-8)
Jenny Mann (English, 2004-6)
Leah Guenther (English, 2003-5)
Guy Ortolano (History, 2002-3)