British Studies at the University of Chicago

With profound sadness, the board members of the Nicholson Center convey the news of the passing of our deeply admired colleague and Director of the Nicholson Center, Alison Winter.  In addition to her stellar and inspiring scholarship, Alison was a joyous Director of the Nicholson Center for British Studies. We are grateful and remain dedicated to continuing her spirited direction of the Center. 
--The Board of the Nicholson Center for British Studies

Alison Winter, Director of the Nicholson Center, at the award ceremony for the 2014 Gordon J. Laing Prize.
[Image: Rober Kozloff]

The University of Chicago is a center of remarkable strength in British Studies broadly conceived. Historically oriented work on Medieval, Early Modern and Modern Britain is now being conducted in the departments of History, English, Sociology, Political Science, and Philosophy, as well as in the Law and Divinity Schools. This work is being carried on by faculty, graduate students and undergraduates.

In 2003, the Robert Nicholson Center for British Studies was formed in order to bring together the university’s strength in things British. To further this mission of interdisciplinary study, the center:

  • funds short- and long-term graduate research in the UK
  • funds undergraduate research in the UK
  • sponsors lectures in British Studies
  • hosts graduate-run conferences and other projects on topics of broad interest
  • co-sponsors a variety of campus events involving British Studies