At the BAAS Banquet and Eccles Centre Receptions at the Annual Conference at Canterbury Christ Church University, we were delighted to announce the winners of the BAAS and Eccles Centre awards. The projects, books, and essays awarded prizes show the strength and range of American Studies scholarship in Britain, from school students to senior researchers. We would like to congratulate all winners and thank all those who applied.

Eccles Centre Prizes
The Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library annually offers a wide range of Visiting Fellowships and Postgraduate Awards. These are intended to help support scholars who need to visit London to use the British Library’s collections relating to North America.

Eccles Centre Visiting US Fellow in North American Studies (1 month)
Professor Katherine Adams, Tulane University, New Orleans
Cotton Culture and Blackness after Emancipation
Professor John Turner, George Mason University, Virginia
Out of Small Beginnings: Plymouth Colony and the Making of American Liberty

Eccles Centre Visiting Canadian Fellow in North American Studies (1 month)
Professor Julie Rak, University of Alberta, Edmonton
Animals and Machines: Inuit Traditional Knowledge as (New) Materialism
Professor Joan Sangster, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario
Suffrage Cultures: Canadian Women’s Suffrage in Comparative Perspective

Eccles Centre Visiting European Fellow in North American Studies (1 month)
Professor Mirosława Buchholtz, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland
From International Theme to Transcultural Identity: The Canadian Mavis Gallant in Post World War II Europe

Eccles Centre UK Fellow in North American Studies
Dr David Anderson, Swansea University
Committed to Memory: Post-Civil War Plantation Memoirs and the Lost Cause

Dr Sue Currell, University of Sussex
New Masses: The Big Red Little Magazine, 1926-48
Dr Reetta Humalajoki, Durham University
The Language Surrounding U.S. American Indian Policy, 1947-1970
Dr Mark McLay, University of Glasgow
The Republican Party and the Defeat of the War on Poverty, 1964-1973
Dr Laura Rattray, University of Glasgow
Writing the Great Depression
Eccles Centre Postgraduate Award in North American Studies
Krysten Blackstone, University of Edinburgh
The Morale and Identity of Soldiers in the Continental Army during the American Revolution
Christina Brennan, University of Manchester
Future Americas: Dystopia, Post-Apocalypse and the Contemporary US and North American Novel
Rowan Hartland, Northumbria University
Black Power Culture in the American South, 1967-1975
Chelsea Olsen, University of Sussex
Theorizing the 20th Century Salon
Darius Wainwright, University of Reading
Supremacy Through Culture and Propaganda: Soft Power, the ‘Special Relationship’ and Iran, 1953-58
Christina Westwood, Keele University
Modernist Fiction by Anita Shreve and Lisa Genova and the Emerging Field of ‘Literary Geographies’

Eccles Centre European Postgraduate Award in North American Studies
Sarah Cullen, Trinity College, Dublin, Eire
How Literary Depictions of Night in Nineteenth-Century American Literature Distort Gender, Racial and Class Norms
Chiara Grilli, University of Macerata, Italy
The Relations Tying Individual and Collective Identity in Italian American Communities in the United States

BAAS Book Prize
This prize is awarded for the best published book in American Studies this year.
Dr Peter Knight, University of Manchester
Reading the Market: Genres of Financial Capitalism in Gilded Age America (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2016)

BAAS Honorary Fellowship for 2017
This Fellowship recognises American Studies academics who have made an outstanding contribution to the association, to their institution(s), and to the American Studies community in general over the course of a distinguished career.
Professor Philip Davies, Director of the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library

BAAS Founders’ Research Travel Award
Named after the founders of BAAS, these awards offer assistance for short-term visits to the United States during the year 2017-18 to scholars in the UK who need to travel to conduct research.
Dr Amanda Fulford, Leeds Trinity University
The Philosophy of Henry David Thoreau
Dr Cheryl Hudson, University of Liverpool
Citizenship in Chicago: Race, Culture, and the Remaking of American Identity, 1890-1930

Dr Chris Kempshall, Goldsmiths, University of London
Allied Soldiers in World War One

Dr Rachel Sykes, University of Birmingham
Autobiography and Confession in Contemporary North American Women’s Writing

BAAS Short-Term Travel Awards
A number of short-term awards are available to postgraduates at UK institutions of higher education. Some of the travel grants relate to named awards: The Malcolm Bradbury Award (for the best proposal in American literary studies); The Marcus Cunliffe Award (American Studies); The John D. Lees Award (American political studies); The Abraham Lincoln Award (nineteenth-century US history and culture); The Peter Parish Award (American history).

BAAS Short-Term Travel Awards – Peter Parish Award
Ruth Lawlor, University of Cambridge
An investigation of rape committed by soldiers of the US Army in the European Theatre of Operations (Britain, France, Germany) during the Second World War
BAAS Short-Term Travel Awards – John D Lees Award
Darius Wainwright, University of Reading
Research on the use of soft power in the Middle East in the early Cold War
BAAS Short-Term Travel Awards – Abraham Lincoln Award
Juliane Schlag, University of Hull
Forest landscapes of the Northeast: An investigation into the cultural history and socio-ecological significance of New England’s local woodlands, 1500-1850
BAAS Short-Term Travel Awards – Marcus Cunliffe Award
Janet Aspley, University of Brighton
Participation in the International Country Music Conference – Paper Title: Clothed in Sin: Gram Parsons, His Nudie Suit, and the Conundrum of Authenticity
BAAS Short-Term Travel Awards – Malcolm Bradbury Award
Francesca White, University of Leicester
Research on multilingualism in Willa Cather’s fiction
BAAS Postgraduate Travel Awards
Michael Docherty, University of Kent
The Recurrence and Reconstitution of a ‘Frontier’ Imagery in Fictional Depictions of Mid-20th Century Los Angeles
Quintijn Kat, Institute of the Americas, University College, London
Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, and the Decline of US Hegemony in Latin America and the Caribbean
Toby Lanyon Jones, University of Leeds
Research on British Based Opposition to the Vietnam War Among American Citizens, 1965-73

BAAS Public Engagement and Impact Award
A new award recognizing the diversity of public engagement and impact projects by postgraduate and early career BAAS members. This award seeks to encourage and enhance good practice and recognizes projects which seek to either i) disseminate new research to non-academic audiences, or ii) work collaboratively with an external organization.
Hannah-Rose Murray, University of Nottingham
Dual Legacies: Samuel Morley and Josiah Henson’s History of Social Activism
BAAS Postgraduate Essay Prize
This annual prize is awarded for the best essay-length piece of work on an American Studies topic written by a student currently registered for a postgraduate degree at a Higher Education institution in the UK.
Chelsea Olsen, University of Sussex
The Stettheimer Dollhouse: A Life and Salon in Miniature
BAAS Postgraduate Essay Prize – Honourable Mention
Juliane Schlag, University of Hull
A Walkthrough in Virtual Historic Trauma – An Analysis of Postcolonial Trauma in the Context Focused Indi Game Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
BAAS Undergraduate Essay Prize

This annual prize is awarded for the best essay-length piece of work on an American Studies topic written by a student currently registered for an undergraduate degree at a Higher Education institution in the UK.
Nathaniel Sikand-Youngs, University of East Anglia
“I’m Burning Up But Not Burning It Down”: The Marketability of Anti-Gentrification in the Radical Art and Culture of Contemporary Oakland, California

BAAS School Essay Prize

This annual prize is awarded for the best essay-length piece of work on an American Studies topic written by a student currently at school or college in the UK.
Thomas Scott, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College
Learning From History: 1968 and Political Realignment
BAAS Adam Matthew Digital Essay Award 2017
This essay prize, sponsored by Adam Matthew Digital (http://www.amdigital.co.uk/), is awarded to the best essay submitted on any subject that relates to the Adam Matthew’s North American collections. (http://www.amdigital.co.uk/m-collections/category/north-america/view-all/ ).
Alexander McDonnell, Durham University

Satire, Symbolism and the “Working Through” of Historical Ghosts in The Confidence-Man
BAAS Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of Wyoming, 2017-2019
The MA Graduate Teaching Assistantship, starting in September 2017, will provide income for two years and a MA fee waiver.
Hannah Tickle, University of Exeter

BAAS Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of New Hampshire, 2018-2020
The MA Graduate Teaching Assistantship, starting in September 2018, will provide income for two years and a MA fee waiver.
Rachael Williamson, University of Leeds
Monticello Teacher’s Fellowship 2017
BAAS, in conjunction with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF) and the International Center for Jefferson Studies (ICJS), is delighted to make an award for teachers who cover the American Revolution, the Constitution and related materials in their A Level or Advanced Higher teaching of history and politics.
William O’Brien-Blake, Forest School, London

The Arthur Miller Centre Prizes
The Arthur Miller Centre (UEA) makes two annual awards for the best journal length article on any American Studies topic in the preceding calendar year and the best first book published in the preceding calendar year.

Arthur Miller Centre Book Prize
Dr J. Michelle Coghlan, University of Manchester
Sensational Internationalism: The Paris Commune and the Remapping of American Memory in the Long Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh University Press, 2016)

Arthur Miller Centre Essay Prize
Professor Maria Lauret, University of Sussex
Americanization Now and Then: The “Nation of Immigrants” in the Early Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Arthur Miller Centre Essay Prize – Honourable Mention
Dr Nicholas Grant, University of East Anglia
The National Council of Negro Women and South Africa: Black Internationalism, Motherhood, and the Cold War