D.C. Watt Prize

Awarded annually by the Transatlantic Studies Association for the best paper presented at its

annual conference by an early career scholar. 

Professor D.C. Watt, 1928-2014 

2015 award winner Ben Zdencanovic receives his prize from Awards committee member Sirpa Salenius

Award: £250

Early career scholar is defined as: a PhD student; anyone within five years of having been awarded a PhD; anyone who has a full-time appointment at a recognised higher education institution, but has not held the post for more than 3 years and does not fall into the doctoral category.

The winner of the Watt Prize is expected to organise a panel for the following year's TSA conference, with the participants being PhD and/or post-doc level.

Instructions for applicants:

Please submit a brief CV and a copy of the paper that will be presented at the TSA annual conference.

Papers should be fully developed and will be assessed against the stated requirements for article submissions to the Journal of Transatlantic Studies. All submissions must be a minimum of 19 pages in order to be given full consideration (*applicants should note that a typical twenty-minute conference presentation will be much shorter).

All materials should be sent to the TSA Secretary, Kristin Cook.                                 



2018 Watt Prize Recipient: Susan Colbourn

'Denuclearization or Delusion? Envisioning Nuclear Free Spaces in the 1980s'

Susan Colbourn, University of Toronto


2017 Watt Prize Recipient: Jake Richards

‘Anti-­slave-trade law, “Liberated Africans”, and the state in the South Atlantic world, c. 1839 – 1852'

Jake Richards, Harvard University


 2016 Watt Prize Recipient: Stella Krepp

‘The Falklands/Malvinas War: A View from the South’ 

Stella Krepp, University of Bern


 2015 Watt Prize Recipient: Ben Zdencanovic

‘Remaking Exceptionalism: West European Social Democracy and the Shaping of the Post-War American Welfare State, 1943-1949’ 

Ben Zdencanovic, Yale University


 2014 Watt Prize Recipient: Mark Seddon

‘Peace by Dictation? Anglo-US Efforts to Apply the Atlantic Charter to the Venezuelan Oil Industry, 1944′. 

Mark Seddon https://sheffield.academia.edu/MarkSeddon was awarded his PhD in October 2014 entitled 'British and US Intervention in the Venezuelan Oil Industry: A Case Study of Anglo-US Relations, 1941-1948'. He is also the author of 'Incorporating Corporations: Anglo-US Oil Diplomacy and Conflict over Venezuela, 1941-1943’, The Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Vol. 10, No. 2 (June 2012), pp.134-149.


2013 Watt Prize Recipient: Stephen Bowman

'An Englishman Abroad and an American Lawyer in Europe: Harry Brittain, James Beck and the Pilgrims Society during the First World War?'

Stephen Bowman, Northumbria University


2012 Watt Prize Recipient: Marie Gayte

'Cold War Triangle? The United States, the Vatican and Cuba'

Marie Gayte is an Assistant Professor of U.S. History at the Universite du Sud Toulon-Var


2011 Watt Prize Recipient: Douglas Snyder

''Fantastic and Absurd Utterances': The Vietnam War and Misperceptions of Anti-Americanism in Franco-American Relations'

Douglas Snyder is a graduate student instructor at the University of Colorado at Boulder


2010 Watt Prize Recipient: Frederic Heurtebize

'Washington's Assessment of the Union of the Left in France (1971-1981): A Threat to NATO?'

Frederic Heurtebize is a professeur agrege at the University of Angers and a PhD candidate at the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III). His thesis deals with 'Washington's Attitude towards Eurocommunism in France and Italy: 1974-1981'; it is supervised by Prof. Pierre Melandri. Frederic Heurtebize was a Fulbright Visiting Research Associate in Washington DC at both the School of Advanced International Studies (Johns Hopkins) and at Georgetown University in the autumn of 2008.


2009 Watt Prize Recipient: Bronwen Everill

'British West Africa or 'The United States of Africa'? Imperial Pressures on the Transatlantic Antislavery Movement, 1839-1842'

Bronwen Everill is a PhD student in History at King's College London, where she is supervised by Professor Emeritus Andrew Porter.  Her dissertation examines the tensions between imperialism and antislavery in the settler societies of Sierra Leone and Liberia and their metropolitan counterparts, Britain and America.  She received her MSt in Archaeology from Oxford University in 2006 and her BA in History from Harvard University in 2005.