Announcing the Judith R. Walkowitz Article Prize

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A leading scholar of British social and cultural history, particularly in relation to issues of gender and sexuality, Professor Judith R. Walkowitz has played a significant role in shaping the field of British Studies and the community of scholars who participate in the endeavor. To honor her contribution, former students, colleagues, and others are raising money for an article prize in her name. The North American Conference on British Studies has generously agreed to host and award the prize. The Judith R. Walkowitz Article Prize will be awarded annually for the best published article on issues relating to gender and sexuality in British culture.  The prize will be open to scholars resident in North America working in any time period and any discipline within British Studies. 

Along with numerous articles and essays, Judith R. Walkowitz has published three field-transforming monographs:  Prostitution and Victorian Society: Women, Class and the State (Cambridge University Press, 1980); City of Dreadful Delight: Narratives of Sexual Danger in Late-Victorian London (University of Chicago Press, 1992); and Nights Out: Life in Cosmopolitan London (Yale 2012).  With Judith Newton and Mary Ryan, she also co-edited Sex and Class in Women's History: Essays from Feminist Studies (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1983). Her work has been supported by numerous fellowships, among them, the ACLS, the NEH, and the Guggenheim.

An institutional pioneer and a groundbreaking historian of rare quality, Judith R. Walkowitz has also been an unusually committed mentor of students and colleagues working in British history and related fields.  She has trained sizeable cohorts of graduate students at Rutgers University and at The Johns Hopkins University and has inspired numerous undergraduates.  Additionally, she has been a generous colleague and critic in her continued advocacy of peers and students, whether at her own institution or elsewhere.  A dedicated reader and editor, she invites practitioners of history at all levels to refine their interventions, enrich their narratives, and elevate their work.

Please consider supporting this effort to recognize Judith R. Walkowitz and her contributions to the scholarship and communities of British Studies, and gender and sexuality studies.  Donations towards the article prize, which are tax-deductible within the US, can be sent as a cheque made out to “North American Conference on British Studies” who has agreed to serve as a respository for funds committed to the award. Please indicate on the cheque itself that your donation is towards the Walkowitz Prize and mail to:


Andrew Muldoon

Department of History

Metropolitan State University of Denver

P.O. Box 173362

Campus Box 27

Denver, CO 80217-3362  USA