THE 2022 BAAS AWARDS ARE OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

Each year, BAAS offers a growing list of essay awards, prizes, teaching assistantships, and research assistance awards. Last year, we added a new undergraduate essay award for students of colour and, in light of the climate crisis and our commitment to promote low-carbon research practices, we transformed the travel assistance awards into research assistance awards, offering the possibility of hiring research assistants to pursue archival research remotely. This year, we are excited to announce the launch of two new essay awards for students of colour at postgraduate and school level.

You will find the full list of awards below. Click on the links for more details and click here for the list of 2021 award winners. 

Please note the submission deadline for all our essay awards has been extended to the 25th March 2022. You can find details on all the essay awards below.

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and will be attentive to issues of equality and diversity when judging all applications.

The BAAS Development Fund forms part of the wider programme of BAAS funding, find our guide to all BAAS funding opportunities by clicking this link (external PDF)

Submission Information

Before sending your submission, make sure to check our Submission Guidelines. If you are applying for a Research Assistance Award, do read the Research Assistance Award FAQ . Application submissions should always be sent to awards@baas.ac.uk. For more specific questions and enquiries about the awards, contact directly the co-chairs of the award subcommittee: Dr Jonathan Ward & Dr Elsa Devienne.

Below you will find guidance and submission information for each award. Click the title of each to expand the section and access the content.

Founders’ Research Assistance Awards

Please note the deadline for submission has been extended to 18th February 2022

Named after the founders of BAAS, these awards offer research assistance to established researchers based in the UK. The funds can be used for short-term visits to the United States or for hiring research assistance to consult archives remotely

Applications for the 2022 awards will open on 1 November 2021.

Brief description of the awards:

In line with BAAS’s commitment to do its part in combating climate catastrophe, the awards support low-carbon and more inclusive research practices. Practically speaking, this means that the awards can be used to hire a research assistant to consult archives remotely or purchase an individual subscription to an online resource database. In addition to reducing our carbon emissions related to transport, we hope that by offering solutions for remote research we will encourage a more inclusive research culture that takes into account scholars with disabilities and/or caring responsibilities. If remote research is not possible, scholars can also apply to travel to the US for research purposes, but they will have to include a brief statement explaining why travel is necessary.  

It is intended that the grants be awarded for the study of subjects where the principle aim is the study of American history, politics, society, literature, art, culture, etc., and not subjects with other aims, the data for which happen to be located in the USA. Conversely, and considering the transnational nature of American studies, scholars can apply to consult archives located in Europe (or elsewhere) as long as the project pertains to the study of the US. 

Up to four awards of up to £1,000 are available. Although there is no specific time limit for the duration of the awards, and it is recognised that awards under the scheme may need to be supplemented, it is not intended that they should be used to supplement or extend much longer-term awards. 

Who can apply?

Applications are invited from persons normally resident in the UK, and from established scholars currently working at UK universities and institutions of higher education. 

Membership of BAAS is mandatory in order to be eligible to receive one of these awards. Applicants will need to supply their membership number, which can be found by logging into the BAAS website and navigating to Member-BAAS Community-Profile.

Required documents:

  • Application form (with different sections depending on whether one applies for travel or research assistance)
  • Reference letter from a peer 

Closing date, timeline and forms:

Please note the deadline for submission has been extended to 18th February 2022. Submissions will be anonymised and judged; candidates will be informed of the outcome by April 2022 at the latest. If travel is undertaken, it must take place between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023. In the case of research assistance, the contract for the hired assistant needs to be signed and sent to BAAS before 31 March 2023. Awards for travel will not be made retrospectively. 

The application form can be downloaded here.

Additional information:

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and thus encourages scholars who have historically been underrepresented in academia (scholars of color, women and non-binary scholars, LGBTQ scholars and disabled scholars in particular) to apply. 

Award winners are invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony in June, and are encouraged to invite friends and family along to help celebrate. They are also required to provide a brief report of their research trip or of the research material acquired thanks to the award. These reports can be published as a brief post on USSO (US Studies online) or form the basis of an interview on the USSO podcast. Successful candidates are also requested to acknowledge the assistance of BAAS in any other publication that results from research carried out during the tenure of the award. 

Funds for these awards come entirely from private contributions and donations in any amounts are always welcome. Please consider adding a donation to your annual BAAS subscription, or send a donation separately to the Treasurer using this form.

BAAS is a registered charity (No. 1002816)

You can view the submission guidelines here and the FAQs here.

Previous Winners

BAAS Founders’ Research Travel Awards 2021

Dr Aurélie Basha i Novosejt, University of Kent, We Support the Troops: A History

Dr Themis Chronopoulos, Swansea University, The Gentrification of Black Brooklyn

Professor Simon Hall, University of Leeds, John Reed, Edgar Snow, Herbert Matthews and the Revolutions That Changed the World

Dr Mark Shanahan, University of Reading, Ike and Mac: the influence of General MacArthur on Eisenhower’s development as a leader

BAAS Founders’ Research Travel Awards 2020

Sarah Barnsley, Goldsmiths, University of London. Research on Mary Barnard’s Poems

Sam Edwards, Manchester Metropolitan University. Research on the American Expeditionary Force in Britain

Jeffrey Geiger, University of Essex. Research on Colour Film

Thomas Tunstall Allcock, University of Manchester. Research on Cold War Diplomacy

BAAS Founders’ Research Travel Awards 2019

Leila Kamali, University of Liverpool for John Edgar Wideman as Black Flâneur

Katie McGettigan​, Royal Holloway, University of London for Representations of Slavery and Abolition in Juvenile Literature, 1830-1900

Emily West, University of Reading for Food, Power, and Resistance in US Slavery

Keira Williams, Queen’s University Belfast for Steel Magnolias, Velvet Hammers, and Southern Feminisms

For results 2006-2018 winners, click here

BAAS Postgraduate and Early Career Research Assistance Awards

Please note the deadline for submission has been extended to 18th February 2022.

These awards offer research assistance to postgraduate students and early career researchers based in the UK; they contribute considerably to fostering talent among the American Studies community in the UK. The funds can be used for short-term visits to the United States or for hiring research assistance to consult archives remotely. 

Applications for the 2022 awards will open on 1 November 2021.

Brief description of the awards:

In line with BAAS’s commitment to do its part in combating climate catastrophe, the awards support low-carbon and more inclusive research practices. Practically speaking, this means that the awards can be used to hire a research assistant to consult archives remotely or purchase an individual subscription to an online resource database. In addition to reducing our carbon emissions related to transport, we hope that by offering solutions for remote research we will encourage a more inclusive research culture that takes into account scholars with disabilities and/or caring responsibilities. If remote research is not possible, scholars can also apply to travel to the US for research purposes, but they will have to include a brief statement explaining why travel is necessary.  

It is intended that the grants be awarded for the study of subjects where the principle aim is the study of American history, politics, society, literature, art, culture, etc., and not subjects with other aims, the data for which happen to be located in the USA. Conversely, and considering the transnational nature of American studies, scholars can apply to consult archives located in Europe (or elsewhere) as long as the project pertains to the study of the US. 

The maximum of each grant will be £1000. Although there is no specific time limit for the duration of the awards, and it is recognised that awards under the scheme may need to be supplemented, it is not intended that they should be used to supplement or extend much longer-term awards. 

Who can apply?

For ECRs, BAAS follows the AHRC’s definition for ECR status: “ECR is defined as an individual who is within eight years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or an individual who is within six years of their first academic appointment. These durations exclude any period of career break, e.g. for family care or health reasons. The ‘first academic appointment’ is defined as the first paid contract of employment, either full-time or part-time, which lists research and/or teaching as the primary functions.”

For postgraduate students, preference will be given to those who have had no previous opportunities for research-related visits to the USA.

Membership of BAAS is mandatory in order to be eligible to receive one of these awards. Applicants will need to supply their membership number, which can be found by logging into the BAAS website and navigating to Member-BAAS Community-Profile.

Required documents:

  • Application form (with different sections depending on whether one applies for travel or research assistance)
  • Reference letter 

Closing date, timeline and forms: 

The closing date for applications has been extedned to 18 February 2022. Submissions will be anonymised and judged; candidates will be informed of the outcome by April 2022 at the latest. If travel is undertaken, it must take place between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023. In the case of research assistance, the contract for the hired assistant needs to be signed and sent to BAAS before 31 March 2023. Awards for travel will not be made retrospectively. 

The PG application form can be downloaded here.

The ECR application form can be downloaded here.

Additional information:

Some of the research assistance grants relate to named awards:

  • POSTGRADUATE TRAVEL AWARD will be given to the best proposal in any area of American Studies.
  • THE MALCOLM BRADBURY AWARD will be given to the best proposal in the field of American literary studies.
  • THE MARCUS CUNLIFFE AWARD will be given to the best proposal in the field of American Studies.
  • THE JOHN D. LEES AWARD will be given to the best proposal in the field of American political studies.
  • THE ABRAHAM LINCOLN AWARD will be given to the best proposal in the field of nineteenth-century century US history and culture
  • THE PETER PARISH AWARD will be given to the best proposal in the field of American history
  • ECR TRAVEL AWARD will be given to the best proposal in any area of American Studies.

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and thus encourages scholars who have historically been underrepresented in academia (scholars of color, women and non-binary scholars, LGBTQ scholars and disabled scholars in particular) to apply. 

Award winners are invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony in June, and are encouraged to invite friends and family along to help celebrate. They are also required to provide a brief report of their research trip or of the research material acquired thanks to the award. These reports can be published as a brief post on USSO (US Studies online) or form the basis of an interview on the USSO podcast. Successful candidates are also requested to acknowledge the assistance of BAAS in any other publication that results from research carried out during the tenure of the award. 

You can view the submission guidelines here and our FAQs here.

For enquiries about the awards, contact awards@baas.ac.uk

The programme depends for its funds entirely on public contributions, and can only have a long term impact if BAAS members and other interested persons continue to be generous with donations. The Treasurer of BAAS welcomes contributions small and large, and invites anyone wishing to support BAAS in maintaining its work in this area to make contact using this form.

BAAS is a registered charity (No. 1002816)

Past Winners

2021

Early Career Research Assistance Awards

Rachael Alexander, University of Strathclyde. Research on Anne Harriet Fish and Gordon Conway

Alex Ferguson, University of Southampton. Research on U.S. Policy in Vietnam

Named Postgraduate Research Assistance Awards

Named Peter Parish Award: Galsworthy, Timothy, University of Sussex, The Party of Lincoln? Civil War memory, civil rights, and the Republican Party, 1960-1968

John D Lees Award: Hull, Emily, University College London, Irving Kristol: Cold War Liberal and Conservative

Abraham Lincoln Award: Byers, Catriona, King’s College London, Death as an institution: managing the anonymous dead at the morgues of Paris and New York c.1864-1914, 

Marcus Cunliffe Award: Ya’ara Notea, King’s College London. American Girls’ Fiction in the Twentieth Century

Malcolm Bradbury Award: Bain, Helen, King’s College London, Sylvia Plath and the Bendix: an American writer’s life in postwar rural Britain

BAAS Postgraduate Research Assistance Awards

Rhodes, Emma, University of Leicester, Non-White Woman and the Works Progress Administration in the Southern United States

Shea, Victoria, University of Liverpool, ‘We Are Dogs Here’: Racism and the Human-Canine Relationship in the Southern United States, 1830-1940

2020

Early Career Travel Awards

Rachael Alexander, University of Strathclyde. Research on Anne Harriet Fish and Gordon Conway

Alex Ferguson, University of Southampton. Research on U.S. Policy in Vietnam

Postgraduate Travel Awards

Peter Parish Award: Ellie Armon Azoulay, University of Kent. Collectors of African American Folk Music in the U.S. South

John D Lees Award: Steven K. Driver, University College London. U.S. Foreign Policy and Religion during the Occupation Era, 1912-1934

Abraham Lincoln Award: Katherine Burns, The University of Edinburgh. “Keep this Unwritten History”: African American Families’ Search for Identity in “Information Wanted” Advertisements, 1880-1902

Marcus Cunliffe Award: Ya’ara Notea, King’s College London. American Girls’ Fiction in the Twentieth Century

Malcolm Bradbury Award: Deborah Snow Molloy, University of Glasgow. The Literary Geography of Female Mental Illness in New York Women’s Literature, 1920-1945

BAAS Postgraduate Travel Award: Rebecca Slatcher, The University of Hull. North American Indigenous Languages in the British Library’s (BL) post-1850 Collections

2019

Named Postgraduate Short-Term Travel Awards 

Peter Parish Award: Melanie Khuddro, University of Reading: Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science

John D Lees Award: Stephen Colbrook, University of Cambridge: Policy-making responses to the AIDS crisis in California in the 1980s

Abraham Lincoln Award: Sylvia Broeckx, University of Sheffield: The prevalence, prosecution, and consequences of rape perpetrated by the Union Army during the Civil War

Marcus Cunliffe Award: Eleanor Whitcroft, University of Sussex: Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland: Childhood, dreams, and race in American newspaper comic strips

Malcolm Bradbury Award: Shihoko Inoue, University of Exeter: Sylvia Plath, Maternity, and Medicine

Winners of the BAAS Postgraduate Short-Term Travel Awards 2019

Heather Hatton, University of Hull: Bridging the Divide: The Language of Diplomacy in Early America, 1701-1774

Nathaniel Sikand-Youngs, University of Nottingham: Place and space in literary representations of Californian landscapes, 1880-1917

2018

Early Career Short-Term Travel Awards

Kate Ballantyne, University of Cambridge

Owen Clayton, University of Lincoln

John Tiplady, New York University/University of Nottingham

Named Postgraduate Short-Term Travel Awards 2018

Peter Parish Award: Jodie Collins, University of Sussex and the British Library

John D Lees Award: Mark Eastwood, University of Nottingham

Abraham Lincoln Award: Elizabeth Barnes, University of Reading

Marcus Cunliffe Award: Kimberley Weir, University of Nottingham

Malcolm Bradbury Award: Jake Barrett-Mills, University of East Anglia

BAAS Postgraduate Travel Awards

Sage Goodwin, University of Oxford

Owen Walsh, University of Leeds

Winners of the BAAS Postgraduate Short-Term Travel Awards 2017

Named Postgraduate Short-Term Travel Awards

Peter Parish Award: Ruth Lawlor, University of Cambridge

John D Lees Award: Darius Wainwright, University of Reading

Abraham Lincoln Award: Juliane Schlag, University of Hull

Marcus Cunliffe Award: Janet Aspley, University of Brighton

Malcolm Bradbury Award: Francesca White, University of Leicester

BAAS Postgraduate Travel Awards

Michael Docherty, University of Kent

Quintijn Kat, Institute of the Americas, University College, London

Toby Lanyon Jones, University of Leeds

School Essay Award

The deadline for all essay awards has been extended to March 25th 2022

The 2022 award will open for submissions on 1 November 2021.

We are looking for essays that explore any aspect of the American experience, from the perspective of history, literature, film, politics or any other related or inter-related discipline. If you feel more comfortable to do so, you are welcome to respond to a specific question of your own choosing. No preference will be given, whether you choose to write on a topic of your own choice, or if you respond to a specific question.

Submissions that engage with some aspect of social justice, such as (but not limited to) voting rights, environmental justice, Indigenous rights, racial justice, healthcare, gender justice, immigration, or equality, are of particular interest to the awarding panel. 

Essays may be adapted from coursework or ongoing research projects that students are engaged in, but they must conform to the length of 1,500 words. You are encouraged to include references and a bibliography, but this is not essential and will have no bearing on the award. However, any materials used should be listed and the award panel will not tolerate any form of plagiarism. The 1,500 word count only refers to the body of the essay, and not any details of sources used.

In addition, we request that each entry for the School Essay prize should be accompanied by a signed letter from the student’s teacher, certifying the applicant’s status. This must include a contact email address for that teacher.

The award for the winning author will be £150, with two runner-up prizes of £50 each.

Essays and a teacher’s letter certifying the applicant’s status should be sent by e-mail to: awards@baas.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is 18 February 2022.

All essays should be anonymous. No names or institutional affiliation must appear on the essay itself, only on the covering letter attached with the essay (both must be submitted by e-mail to awards@baas.ac.uk by the relevant deadline; please indicate the name of the Award for which you are applying in the subject line).

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and thus particularly encourages students from minoritised backgrounds to apply for our awards.

Submissions will be judged in May 2022, and candidates will be informed of the outcome by June at the latest.

In addition to the financial prize, award winners will also be given their choice of two BAAS paperbacks.

Award winners are invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony in June, and are encouraged to invite friends and family along to help celebrate. Winners also have the opportunity to write a short piece for US Studies Online and/or participate in the USSO podcast if they wish to disseminate their work further. This will also be a valuable opportunity to include on the winner’s CV.

Previous winners for this award include:

2021: Unfortunately no prize was awarded for this year.

2020: Sam Menzies (Kingston Grammar School) “Which political dynasty is the most influential in US politics and history?”

For enquiries about the awards, contact awards@baas.ac.uk

Some tips to bear in mind when writing your essay:

  • Historical context is important when thinking about American literature and culture. But only include pertinent historical detail in your essays! You do not need to include lots of specific dates or events or author biographies. You do not need to give a comprehensive history of a specific period or process. Only include information that is absolutely necessary.
  • Your essay should have a coherent and compelling argument. An essay is a piece of persuasive writing…you need to convince your reader that your major claims have merit.  
  • You need to come up with a thesis (hypothesis): this is a succinct claim that you will then substantiate using credible evidence (close readings of primary texts, interaction with secondary source material). A thesis is a definable, arguable claim (something that can be sufficiently backed up by the evidence). It is a provocation, a judgment, a way to engage critically with your primary text. It is NOT a yes or no answer, a topic, an opinion, a question, or a list. Your thesis should be focused and specific. You only have 1,500 words so the argument should not be too ambitious or vague. 
  • Back up all your claims with evidence (for example a quotation from a play, historical figure, or from a secondary source), and then analyse this further (the evidence itself, or how this backs up your claim).
  • Do not think about an essay as simply an opportunity to put down everything you know about a subject: an effective essay should be an attempt to convince your reader of your position. As such, think about how the reader will experience your writing: will they understand the process of your thinking? Remember that you will not be there to explain anything they do not understand, so clarity and coherence are key.
  • An essay is a conversation between scholars – of which you are one! Show your reader how your argument resonates with, converges, or diverges from the arguments of others, but remember your voice and perspective are key – if we simply wanted to know the thoughts of others we would be reading their work instead of your essay!

Your essay will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Is there a clear and compelling argument?
  • Are claims accompanied by evidence and analysis?
  • Does the essay include some close reading of a primary text (or texts)?
  • Does the essay engage with secondary sources, thereby understanding what other scholars have argued?

School Essay Awards for Students of Colour

The deadline for all essay awards has been extended to March 25th 2022

In order to tackle the significant obstacles in higher education that are caused by systemic racism, and to make clear not only the commitment of BAAS to making the study of America in the UK more inclusive, but also to demonstrate the fundamentally important place scholars of colour have, BAAS is happy to launch this essay prize which is open exclusively to Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, Arab, and any other students of colour.

We are looking for essays that explore any aspect of the American experience, from the perspective of history, literature, film, politics or any other related or inter-related discipline. If you feel more comfortable to do so, you are welcome to respond to a specific question of your own choosing. No preference will be given, whether you choose to write on a topic of your own choice, or if you respond to a specific question.

Submissions that engage with some aspect of social justice, such as (but not limited to) voting rights, environmental justice, Indigenous rights, racial justice, healthcare, gender justice, immigration, or equality, are of particular interest to the awarding panel. 

Essays may be adapted from coursework or ongoing research projects that students are engaged in, but they must not exceed the length of 1,500 words. You are encouraged to include references and a bibliography, but this is not essential and will have no bearing on the award. However, any materials used should be listed and the award panel will not tolerate any form of plagiarism. The 1,500 word count only refers to the body of the essay, and not any details of sources used.

In addition, we request that each entry for the School Essay prize should be accompanied by a signed letter from the student’s teacher, certifying the applicant’s status. This must include a contact email address for that teacher.

The award for the winning author will be £150, with two runner-up prizes of £50 each.

Students of Colour are encouraged to submit work for this award and the School Essay Prize, but these submissions cannot be duplicated: different essays have to be submitted to each award category.

Essays and a teacher’s letter certifying the applicant’s status should be sent by e-mail to: awards@baas.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is 18 February 2022.

All essays should be anonymous. No names or institutional affiliation must appear on the essay itself, only on the covering letter attached with the essay (both must be submitted by e-mail to awards@baas.ac.uk by the relevant deadline; please indicate the name of the Award for which you are applying in the subject line).

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and thus particularly encourages students from minoritised backgrounds to apply for our awards.

Submissions will be judged in May 2022, and candidates will be informed of the outcome by June at the latest.

In addition to the financial prize, award winners will also be given their choice of two BAAS paperbacks.

Award winners are invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony in June, and are encouraged to invite friends and family along to help celebrate. Winners also have the opportunity to write a short piece for US Studies Online and/or participate in the USSO podcast if they wish to disseminate their work further. This will also be a valuable opportunity to include on the winner’s CV.

This is the first year that this award is running, so there are no previous winners.

For enquiries about the awards, contact awards@baas.ac.uk

Some tips to bear in mind when writing your essay:

  • Historical context is important when thinking about American literature and culture. But…only include pertinent historical detail in your essays! You do not need to include lots of specific dates or events or author biographies. You do not need to give a comprehensive history of a specific period or process. Only include information that is absolutely necessary.
  • Your essay should have a coherent and compelling argument. An essay is a piece of persuasive writing…you need to convince your reader that your major claims have merit.  
  • You need to come up with a thesis (hypothesis): this is a succinct claim that you will then substantiate using credible evidence (close readings of primary texts, interaction with secondary source material). A thesis is a definable, arguable claim (something that can be sufficiently backed up by the evidence). It is a provocation, a judgment, a way to engage critically with your primary text. It is NOT a yes or no answer, a topic, an opinion, a question, or a list. Your thesis should be focused and specific. You only have 1500 words so the argument should not be too ambitious or vague. 
  • Make sure that when you make claims, that you also back these up with evidence (for example a quote from a play, historical figure, or from a secondary source), and then analyse this further (the evidence itself, or how this backs up your claim).
  • Do not think about an essay as simply an opportunity to put down everything you know about a subject: an effective essay should be an attempt to convince your reader of your position. As such, think about how the reader will experience your writing: will they understand the process of your thinking? Remember that you will not be there to explain anything they do not understand, so clarity and coherence are key.
  • An essay is a conversation between scholars – of which you are one! Show your reader how your argument resonates with, converges, or diverges from the arguments of others, but remember your voice and perspective are key – if we simply wanted to know the thoughts of others we would be reading their work instead of your essay!

Your essay will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Is there a clear and compelling argument?
  • Are claims accompanied by evidence and analysis?
  • Does the essay include some close reading of a primary text (or texts)?
  • Does the essay engage with secondary sources, thereby understanding what other scholars have argued?

Undergraduate Essay Award

The deadline for all essay awards has been extended to March 25th 2022

We are looking for essays that explore any aspect of the American experience, from the perspective of history, literature, film, politics or any other related or inter-related discipline. Submissions that engage with some aspect of social justice, such as (but not limited to ) voting rights, environmental justice, Indigenous rights, racial justice, healthcare, gender justice, immigration, or equality, are of particular interest to the awarding panel.

Essays may be adapted from coursework or ongoing research projects that students are engaged in, but they must conform to word length and the appropriate presentation style required by the judging panel for each award.

For the undergraduate essay prize, we request that no more than six essays per undergraduate department or programme should be submitted, each with a signed note by the Head of Department or tutor certifying the applicant’s registered status.

The prize for the winning author will be £500.

The essay must not exceed 2,500 words in length (excluding footnotes and bibliography).

Authors should use an appropriate bibliographic referencing system.

Essays and supporting letters certifying the applicant’s status should be sent by e-mail to: awards@baas.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is 18 February 2022.

All essays should be anonymous. No names or institutional affiliation must appear on the essay itself, only on the covering letter attached with the essay (both must be submitted by e-mail to awards@baas.ac.uk by the relevant deadline; please indicate the name of the Award for which you are applying in the subject line).

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and thus particularly encourages students from minoritised backgrounds to apply for our awards.

Submissions will be judged in May 2022, and candidates will be informed of the outcome by June at the latest.

In addition to the financial prize, award winners will also have the opportunity to participate in one-to-one workshops with the editors of the Journal of American Studies, and the editors of the European Journal of American Culture.

Award winners are invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony in June, and are encouraged to invite friends and family along to help celebrate. Winners also have the opportunity to write a short piece for US Studies Online and/or participate in the USSO podcast if they wish to disseminate their work further. This will also be a valuable opportunity to include on the winner’s CV.

Previous winners include:

2021

Emilie Canning (UCL), “To what extent does #Black Lives Matter represent a new departure in African American protest?”

Honourable mentions were given to Kate Marshall (Sussex) and Maritsa Tsioupra-Lewis (Sussex)

2020

Siobhan Owen, University of Exeter

Honourable mention given to Mark Parker, University of Bristol

2019

Adam Lawrence, University of Sussex

2018

Jac Lewis, University of Exeter

Honourable mention given to Robyn Wilson, University of Leicester

2017

Nathaniel Sikand-Youngs, University of East Anglia

For enquiries about the awards, contact awards@baas.ac.uk

Some tips to bear in mind when writing your essay:

  • Historical context is important when thinking about American literature and culture. But…only include pertinent historical detail in your essays! You do not need to include lots of specific dates or events or author biographies. You do not need to give a comprehensive history of a specific period or process. Only include information that is absolutely necessary.
  • Your essay should have a coherent and compelling argument. An essay is a piece of persuasive writing…you need to convince your reader that your major claims have merit.  
  • You need to come up with a thesis (hypothesis), a succinct claim that you will then substantiate using credible evidence (close readings of primary texts, interaction with secondary source material). A thesis is a definable, arguable claim (something that can be sufficiently backed up by the evidence). It is a provocation, a judgment, a way to engage critically with your primary text. It is NOT a yes or no answer, a topic, an opinion, a question, or a list. Your thesis should be focused and specific. You only have 2500 words so the argument should not be too ambitious or vague. 
  • Make sure that when you make claims, that you also back these up with evidence (for example a quote from a play, historical figure, or from a secondary source), and then analyse this further (the evidence itself, or how this backs up your claim).
  • Do not think about an essay as simply an opportunity to put down everything you know about a subject: an effective essay should be an attempt to convince your reader of your position. As such, think about how the reader will experience your writing: will they understand the process of your thinking? Remember that you will not be there to explain anything they do not understand, so clarity and coherence are key.
  • An essay is a conversation between scholars – of which you are one! Show your reader how your argument resonates with, converges, or diverges from the arguments of others, but remember your voice and perspective are key – if we simply wanted to know the thoughts of others we would be reading their work instead of your essay!

Your essay will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Is there a clear and compelling argument?
  • Are claims accompanied by evidence and analysis?
  • Does the essay include some close reading of a primary text (or texts)?
  • Does the essay critically engage with secondary sources, thereby understanding what other scholars have argued?

Undergraduate Essay Award for Students of Colour

The deadline for all essay awards has been extended to March 25th 2022

In order to tackle the significant obstacles in higher education that are caused by systemic racism, and to make clear not only the commitment of BAAS to making the study of America in the UK more inclusive, but also to demonstrate the fundamentally important place scholars of colour have, BAAS is happy to support scholars of colour through this essay prize which is open exclusively to Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, Arab, and any other BIPOC students. 

The 2022 awards will open for submissions on 1 November 2021.

We are looking for essays that explore any aspect of the American experience, from the perspective of history, literature, film, politics or any other related or inter-related discipline. Submissions that engage with some aspect of social justice, such as (but not limited to ) voting rights, environmental justice, Indigenous rights, racial justice, healthcare, gender justice, immigration, or equality, are of particular interest to the awarding panel.

Essays may be adapted from coursework or ongoing research projects that students are engaged in, but they must conform to word length and the appropriate presentation style required by the judging panel for each award.

For the undergraduate essay prize, we request that no more than six essays per undergraduate department or programme should be submitted, each with a signed note by the Head of Department or tutor certifying the applicant’s registered status.

Undergraduate Scholars of Colour are encouraged to submit work for this award and the Undergraduate Essay Prize, but these submissions cannot be duplicated: different essays have to be submitted to each award category.

The prize for the winning author will be £500.

The essay must not exceed 2,500 words in length (excluding footnotes and bibliography).

Authors should use an appropriate bibliographic referencing system.

Essays and supporting letters certifying the applicant’s status should be sent by e-mail to: awards@baas.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is 18 February 2022.

All essays should be anonymous. No names or institutional affiliation must appear on the essay itself, only on the covering letter attached with the essay (both must be submitted by e-mail to awards@baas.ac.uk by the relevant deadline; please indicate the name of the Award for which you are applying in the subject line).

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and thus particularly encourages students from minoritised backgrounds to apply for our awards.

Submissions will be judged in May 2022, and candidates will be informed of the outcome by June at the latest.

In addition to the financial prize, award winners will also have the opportunity to participate in one-to-one workshops with the editors of the Journal of American Studies, and the editors of the European Journal of American Culture. Award winners will also be invited to join the BAAS BIPOC network.

Award winners are invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony in June, and are encouraged to invite friends and family along to help celebrate. Winners also have the opportunity to write a short piece for US Studies Online and/or participate in the USSO podcast if they wish to disseminate their work further. This will also be a valuable opportunity to include on the winner’s CV.

With 2021 being the the initial year that this essay award was launched, the winner was Gabriel Starkey (Bristol), “Jazz Freedom = Black Freedom!! Free JAzz, Civil Rights and the Cold War.”

Honourable mention was awarded to Serena Shah (Warwick).

For enquiries about the awards, contact awards@baas.ac.uk

Some tips to bear in mind when writing your essay:

  • Historical context is important when thinking about American literature and culture. But…only include pertinent historical detail in your essays! You do not need to include lots of specific dates or events or author biographies. You do not need to give a comprehensive history of a specific period or process. Only include information that is absolutely necessary.
  • Your essay should have a coherent and compelling argument. An essay is a piece of persuasive writing…you need to convince your reader that your major claims have merit.  
  • You need to come up with a thesis (hypothesis), a succinct claim that you will then substantiate using credible evidence (close readings of primary texts, interaction with secondary source material). A thesis is a definable, arguable claim (something that can be sufficiently backed up by the evidence). It is a provocation, a judgment, a way to engage critically with your primary text. It is NOT a yes or no answer, a topic, an opinion, a question, or a list. Your thesis should be focused and specific. You only have 2500 words so the argument should not be too ambitious or vague. 
  • Make sure that when you make claims, that you also back these up with evidence (for example a quote from a play, historical figure, or from a secondary source), and then analyse this further (the evidence itself, or how this backs up your claim).
  • Do not think about an essay as simply an opportunity to put down everything you know about a subject: an effective essay should be an attempt to convince your reader of your position. As such, think about how the reader will experience your writing: will they understand the process of your thinking? Remember that you will not be there to explain anything they do not understand, so clarity and coherence are key.
  • An essay is a conversation between scholars – of which you are one! Show your reader how your argument resonates with, converges, or diverges from the arguments of others, but remember your voice and perspective are key – if we simply wanted to know the thoughts of others we would be reading their work instead of your essay!

Your essay will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Is there a clear and compelling argument?
  • Are claims accompanied by evidence and analysis?
  • Does the essay include some close reading of a primary text (or texts)?
  • Does the essay critically engage with secondary sources, thereby understanding what other scholars have argued?

Postgraduate Essay Award

The deadline for all essay awards has been extended to March 25th 2022

The prize is offered annually by the British Association for American Studies.  Applications for the 2022 award will open on 1 November 2021.

It 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 university or equivalent institution in Britain. Submissions that engage with some aspect of social justice, such as (but not limited to) voting rights, environmental justice, Indigenous rights, racial justice, healthcare, gender justice, immigration, or equality, are of particular interest to the awarding panel. 

The value of the prize will normally be £500.

The closing date for applications is 18 February 2022.

The essay should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length, and should be accompanied by a letter from an institutional representative, tutor or supervisor, as attestation that the candidate is registered for a postgraduate degree course, or has been accepted for a course. Membership of BAAS is mandatory in order to be eligible to receive the prize. Applicants will need to supply their membership number, which can be found by logging into the BAAS website and navigating to Member-BAAS Community-Profile.

Care should be taken to ensure that the name of the author does not appear on the essay itself, but only in the cover letter which should be submitted by e-mail along with the essay. All essays will be assessed anonymously by a panel drawn from the BAAS Executive Committee.

The essay should form a self-contained piece of writing, suitable for publication as an article in a professional journal. Care should accordingly be taken with matters of presentation and documentation. Prize-winning essays will be offered publication in US Studies Online: the BAAS Postgraduate Journal.

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and thus particularly encourages students from minoritised backgrounds to apply for our awards.

Submissions will be judged in May 2022, and candidates will be informed of the outcome by June at the latest.

In addition to the financial prize, award winners will also have the opportunity to participate in one-to-one workshops with the editors of the Journal of American Studies, and the editors of the European Journal of American Culture.

Award winners are invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony in June, and are encouraged to invite friends and family along to help celebrate. Winners are also expected to help publicize the awards by writing a short piece for US Studies Online and/or participating in the USSO podcast. This will also be a valuable opportunity to include on the winner’s CV.

For enquiries about the awards, contact awards@baas.ac.uk

Your essay will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Is there a clear and compelling argument?
  • Are claims accompanied by evidence and analysis?
  • Does the essay demonstrate impressive close reading of a primary text (or texts)?
  • Does the essay demonstrate knowledge of, and critical engagement with, the field of scholarship?
  • Does the essay demonstrate originality of thinking?
  • Does the essay represent impact within its field?

Postgraduate Essay Award for Students of Colour

The deadline for all essay awards has been extended to March 25th 2022

In order to tackle the significant obstacles in higher education that are caused by systemic racism, and to make clear not only the commitment of BAAS to making the study of America in the UK more inclusive, but also to demonstrate the fundamentally important place scholars of colour have, BAAS is happy to launch this essay prize which is open exclusively to Black, Indigenous, Asian, Latinx, Arab, and any other BIPOC students. 

The prize is offered annually by the British Association for American Studies.  Applications for the 2022 award will open on 1 November 2021.

It 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 university or equivalent institution in Britain. Submissions that engage with some aspect of social justice, such as (but not limited to) voting rights, environmental justice, Indigenous rights, racial justice, healthcare, gender justice, immigration, or equality, are of particular interest to the awarding panel. 

The value of the prize will normally be £500.

Postgraduate Scholars of Colour are encouraged to submit work for this award and the Postgraduate Essay Prize, but these submissions cannot be duplicated: different essays have to be submitted to each award category.

The closing date for applications is 18 February 2022.

The essay should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length, and should be accompanied by a letter from an institutional representative, tutor or supervisor, as attestation that the candidate is registered for a postgraduate degree course, or has been accepted for a course. Membership of BAAS is mandatory in order to be eligible to receive the prize. Applicants will need to supply their membership number, which can be found by logging into the BAAS website and navigating to Member-BAAS Community-Profile.

Care should be taken to ensure that the name of the author does not appear on the essay itself, but only in the cover letter which should be submitted by e-mail along with the essay. All essays will be assessed anonymously by a panel drawn from the BAAS Executive Committee.

The essay should form a self-contained piece of writing, suitable for publication as an article in a professional journal. Care should accordingly be taken with matters of presentation and documentation. Prize-winning essays will be offered publication in US Studies Online: the BAAS Postgraduate Journal.

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and will be attentive to issues of equality and diversity when judging applications.

Submissions will be judged in May 2022, and candidates will be informed of the outcome by June at the latest.

In addition to the financial prize, award winners will also have the opportunity to participate in one-to-one workshops with the editors of the Journal of American Studies, and the editors of the European Journal of American Culture. Award winners will also be invited to join the BAAS BIPOC network.

Award winners are invited to attend a virtual awards ceremony in June, and are encouraged to invite friends and family along to help celebrate. Winners are also expected to help publicize the awards by writing a short piece for US Studies Online and/or participating in the USSO podcast. This will also be a valuable opportunity to include on the winner’s CV.

This is the first year that this award is running, so there are no previous winners.

For enquiries about the awards, contact awards@baas.ac.uk

Your essay will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Is there a clear and compelling argument?
  • Are claims accompanied by evidence and analysis?
  • Does the essay demonstrate impressive close reading of a primary text (or texts)?
  • Does the essay demonstrate knowledge of, and critical engagement with, the field of scholarship?
  • Does the essay demonstrate originality of thinking?
  • Does the essay represent impact within its field?

Public Engagement and Impact Award (For Postgraduate Students and Early Career Researchers Only)

The 2022 award will open for applications on 1 November 2021

BAAS welcomes proposals from Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers in any field of American studies for its Public Engagement and Impact Award.

Recognizing the diversity of public engagement and impact projects by its Postgraduate and Early Career members, this award seeks to encourage and enhance good practice.

One award of up to £750 will be made available to a project the purpose of which is to either i) disseminate new research to non-academic audience or ii) work collaboratively with an external organization. Any and all events should take place between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023.

Please note that the award is not primarily intended to defray routine research costs such as archive trips or attendance at academic conferences. Awards may be used to cover the costs of meetings including organizing workshops or conferences designed to bring together project partners and to showcase the project.

This award is open to all Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers who are BAAS members at the time of application.

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity and applicants are expected to demonstrate similar consideration when submitting bids to this scheme.

The deadline for submissions is 18 February 2022.

You can find the application form here.

Past Winners of the Public Engagement and Impact Award

2021: no winners

2020: Jessica Mehta, University of Exeter. “White Alliahs:” The Creation & Perpetuation of the Wise Indian Trope

2019: Andrew Rowcroft, University of Lincoln. Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath and North American Fiction Since 1900

2018: Emily Charnock and Hilde Restad, University of Cambridge

2017: Hannah-Rose Murray, University of Nottingham

For enquiries about the awards, contact awards@baas.ac.uk. Applications for these awards should be submitted electronically to awards@baas.ac.uk.

Barringer/Monticello Teacher Award

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, USA

The British Association for American Studies (BAAS), in conjunction with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF) and the International Center for Jefferson Studies (ICJS), is delighted to announce this 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.

To be eligible to apply for these awards, applicants must have at least three years teaching experience, and teach A Level or Advanced Higher materials relevant to the Fellowships.  It is expected that these awards will be of particular interest to teachers interested in the  Edexcel History Paper ‘From Colonies to Nation 1763-87’, as well as to those teaching other 18th century history and American politics topics at A Level, such as the American Revolution, slavery, and the development of American constitutional government.

Barringer Fellowship

One Barringer Fellowship will be awarded to a British teacher.  This award will enable a teacher to travel to Monticello, and work with academic staff at ICJS (including those involved in the Archaeology Department, and their extensive programme on slavery in Virginia).  The Fellowship will allow the successful applicant to spend time working on the development of classroom materials, lesson plans, and related materials.  The successful applicant will be chosen by BAAS and then confirmed by the ICJS.  Their application must demonstrate that the Fellowship will relate to and directly benefit their A Level or Advanced Higher Teaching.  The Barringer Fellowship will include: local accommodation, a per diem for food, and some travel costs.  In addition, BAAS will provide a travel award of up to £600 to pay for international travel. For more information see: www.monticello.org/barringer

The successful applicant will be required to share their experiences and relevant teaching materials on the BAAS website for school teachers. The successful applicant will also be contacted by Monticello staff before the appointment to provide additional information and to select their date preference for the MTI (dates to be confirmed).

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and will be attentive to issues of equality and diversity when judging applications.

British Association for American Studies: application process for Barringer Fellowship

The closing date for applications for the 2022 award is 15 February 2022.

Please send your application (details below) by e-mail, together with a letter from your Head Teacher confirming that if successful, you will be allowed to take up the award, to awards@baas.ac.uk. Please indicate the name of the award in the subject line.

Your letter of application should include the following information:

  1. Name:
  2. School:
  3. One-page CV:
  4. An indication of which A/AS level or Advanced Higher (or equivalent) modules, options, or subjects are you currently teaching and / or will you be teaching in the near future?
  5. A one-page statement of your personal and professional reasons for applying for this award, and the ways that you expect to be able to use your award in your teaching.

Winners of the Barringer Fellowship

2018

Claire Hollis, Reigate Grammar School

2017

William O’Brien-Blake, Forest School, London

MA Graduate Teaching Assistantship Award in Southern Studies at University of Mississippi

Please note: The deadline for applications has been extended to 20th January 2022.

Applications are invited for a BAAS Graduate Teaching Assistantship in Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, starting in August 2022 for two years. Candidates will normally be final-year undergraduates in American Studies and related fields and disciplines at a British university, but applications will also be accepted from recent graduates.

The BAAS-Mississippi Graduate Teaching Assistantship consists of the award for two years of a GTA (Graduate Teaching Assistantship), part of which will be devoted to university teaching. The Assistantship provides an income sufficient to cover living expenses, plus remission of tuition fees while the recipient of the award pursues graduate study for an MA in Southern Studies based in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. GTA duties take up approximately half of the working time of an Assistant. During the two years the GTA could expect to assist in the teaching of two courses per year (leading discussions, marking essays and exams, etc.), conduct research in support of a faculty member’s project, and participate in Center for the Study of Southern Culture projects.

Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi

The Center for the Study of Southern Culture began in 1978 under the directorship of William Ferris and has since helped the University of Mississippi to become internationally recognized as a leader in the examination and study of the South. A National Endowment for the Humanities curriculum grant led to the creation of a Bachelor of Arts program in Southern Studies, which now enrolls 40 undergraduate majors, and in 1986 the University established the Master of Arts program, which enrolls 30 students from across the nation and around the world. Documentary Studies has long been a particular strength of the Center, as well as Southern history, literature, music, sociology and cultural anthropology. Center projects and partners include the New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, the Southern Foodways Alliance, Living Blues Magazine, the University’s Media and Documentary Projects Center, and several annual conferences. The current Director is Professor Kathryn McKee. The Center for the Study of Southern Culture continues to build on its history in helping to chart ways into the South’s future, as documented in the Center’s blog which chronicles the history and activities of the Center.

Application process for the GTA award 

Applications will be reviewed by a BAAS panel, which will draw up a shortlist for an interview in mid-January. Decision will be made by the end of February. The recommendation of the panel needs to be ratified by the University of Mississippi. The successful candidate would begin their studies at the University of Mississippi in August 2022 for the two years, 2022-2024.

The deadline for applications has been extended to 20th January 2022. Please send your application (details below) by e-mail to awards@baas.ac.uk. Please indicate the name of the award in the subject line.

Your email should include the following documents (in pdf):

(1)  a curriculum vitae

(2)  transcript of undergraduate work

(3)  statement of purpose (500 words maximum) explaining what you would like to study at the University of Mississippi and why the Center for the Study of Southern Culture would be a good fit for your research interests; you can also choose to use the statement of purpose to explain any gaps in your CV (in particular if you’ve had health issues or periods when your studies were interrupted). 

(4) Letters of recomendation: For the 20/21 deadline, please include the names of two potential referees, who have been made aware that they will need to send their letters of recommendation by February 1 2022 (which is the University of Mississippi deadline). Information is on the BAAS and Ole Miss website.

Applications without references will not be considered.

Please address all your queries about this award to awards@baas.ac.uk

Previous winners

2020: Lily Pearl Benn

BAAS Book Prize 

The £500 prize will be awarded for the best published book in American Studies this year. 

The prize celebrates books that contribute to the development of American Studies as an interdisciplinary field. Books that are solely focused in one subject area–literature, history, etc–will not be disadvantaged, but the panel will be looking for books that do American Studies work across disciplinary boundaries. 

The judges will consider the book’s originality, significance to the field, and its intellectual rigour. We will be looking for books that not only contribute to American Studies as it stands, but also help to push the field in new and innovative directions.

To be eligible for the 2022 BAAS Book Prize, books must have been published in English between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 and authors must be members of BAAS.

Please note that the Arthur Miller First Book Prize is also available for submissions. If you are considering submitting your first monograph, we would strongly recommend you submit it to the AM prize instead of the BAAS Book Prize. You cannot submit to both.

Authors or publishers may submit books, FOUR physical copies of which should be sent to arrive no later than 7 December 2021 to:

Dr Christopher Lloyd

R336 De Havilland Campus

University of Hertfordshire

Hatfield, AL10 9AB

United Kingdom

Authors or publishers sending books should confirm their intention to submit items for this award by e-mailing awards@baas.ac.uk. You may also submit e-book copies alongside the physical ones, should you have it available. 

Please note that books received after the deadline will not be eligible for consideration.  Authors and publishers submitting books for consideration should ensure they are sent in time to arrive before the deadline.  If your book is due to be published close to the deadline then please contact us at awards@baas.ac.uk.

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and will be attentive to issues of equality and diversity when judging applications. For enquiries about the awards, contact awards@baas.ac.uk.

The Arthur Miller Institute Prize for Best Journal Length Article

The Arthur Miller Institute Prize of £500 is awarded for the best journal length article on any American Studies topic by a United Kingdom citizen based at home or abroad or by a non-UK citizen who publishes their essay in a United Kingdom journal, providing that the entrant is a member of the British Association of American Studies in the year of submission.

Submissions, including the article and publications details, should be e-mailed to Emma Long at emma.long@uea.ac.uk or, if preferred, three hard copies should be mailed to the address below.

Deadline: 31 December 2021

Past Winners

2021

Arthur Miller Centre Essay Prize

Elizabeth Evens, UCL Institute of the Americas: Plainclothes Policewomen on the Trail: NYPD Undercover Investigations of Abortionists and Queer Women, 1913-1926

2020

Arthur Miller Centre Essay Prize

Professor Clive Webb, University of Sussex: The Nazi persecution of Jews and the African American freedom struggle

(Honourable mention to Dr Kaetan Mistry, University of East Anglia: A Transnational Protest against the National Security State: Whistle-Blowing, Philip Agee, and Networks of Dissent)

2019

Arthur Miller Centre Essay Prize

Professor Bridget Bennett, University of Leeds: The Silence Surrounding the Hut”: Architecture and Absence in Wieland”, Early American Literature, 53:2 (2018)

(Honourable mention to Professor Simon Newman, University of Glasgow: “Disney’s American Revolution”, Journal of American Studies, 52:3 (August 2018)

2018

Arthur Miller Centre Essay Prize

Rebecca Gould, University of Birmingham

Punishing Violent Thoughts: Islamic Dissent and Thoreauvian Disobedience in Post-9/11 America

Arthur Miller Centre Essay Prize – Honourable Mention

Christopher Phelps, University of Nottingham

The Sexuality of Malcolm X

2017

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’

The Arthur Miller Institute First Book Prize

The Arthur Miller Institute First Book Prize of £500 is awarded for the best first book on any American Studies topic in the preceding calendar year by a United Kingdom citizen based at home or abroad or by a non-UK citizen who publishes a book, providing that the entrant is a member of the British Association of American Studies in the year of submission.

The prize celebrates books that contribute to the development of American Studies as an interdisciplinary field. Books that are solely focused in one subject area–literature, history, etc–will not be disadvantaged, but the panel will be looking for books that do American Studies work across disciplinary boundaries. 

The judges will consider the book’s originality, significance to the field, and its intellectual rigour. We will be looking for books that not only contribute to American Studies as it stands, but also help to push the field in new and innovative directions.

To be eligible for the 2022 Arthur Miller Institute Book Prize, books must have been published in English between 1 January 2021 and 31 December 2021 and authors must be members of BAAS.

Please note that the BAAS Book Prize is also available for submissions. If you are considering submitting your first monograph, we would strongly recommend you submit it to the AM prize instead of the BAAS Book Prize. You cannot submit to both.

Those interested in entering a book for consideration should submit four copies, including publication details, to:

Dr Emma Long

The Arthur Miller Institute Prize Committee

c/o School of Art, Media, and American Studies

University of East Anglia

Norwich Research Park

Norwich, NR4 7TJ

UK

Please note that books should arrive no later than 18 December 2021.  Books received after this date will not be considered.  Authors are responsible for ensuring that publishers send books to arrive before the deadline.

For more details about these awards, please contact Dr Emma Long at emma.long@uea.ac.uk. The Awarding Committee includes a representative from the American Studies Sector at UEA and a BAAS committee member. The Awarding Committee is unable to notify unsuccessful applicants or to return copies of books and articles submitted for consideration.

BAAS is committed to promoting best practice in matters of equality and diversity, and will be attentive to issues of equality and diversity when judging applications.

Previous Winners

2021

Arthur Miller Centre Book Prize

Gavan Lennon, Coventry University: Living Jim Crow: The Segregated Town in Mid-Century Southern Fiction

2020

Arthur Miller Centre Book Prize

Dr Charlie Laderman, King’s College London: Sharing the Burden: Armenia, Humanitarian Intervention and the Search for an Anglo-American Alliance, 1895-1923

2019

Arthur Miller Centre Book Prize

Dr Tim Jelfs, University of Groningen: The Argument About Things in the 1980s: Goods and Garbage in the Age of Neoliberalism (West Virginia University Press, 2018)

2018

Arthur Miller Centre Book Prize

Sam Reese, University of Northampton

The Short Story in Midcentury America: Bowles, McCarthy, Welty, and Williams (Louisiana State University Press, 2017)

Nicholas Grant, University of East Anglia

Winning Our Freedoms Together: African-Americans and Apartheid, 1945-1960 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017)

2017

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)