British Studies

Program Type: Cluster

The British Studies Cluster focuses on Britain’s former empire and the ongoing Commonwealth of Nations.

Cluster objectives include:

  • To provide an interdisciplinary home for graduate students across the university who are engaged in the study of Britain, past and present.
  • To initiate and to sponsor programs relating to Britain across campus and in Chicago.
  • To showcase Northwestern’s vibrant interdisciplinary community of scholars working on Britain and its imperial past.

See British Studies Cluster Requirements for specific courses and procedures needed to complete this program.

Programs and Events

There are many different ways for faculty and students to participate in the intellectual life of the cluster. Many events, such as our speaker series and workshops, are open to all members of the community. Graduate-level cluster seminars are open to graduate students across the university. We encourage all students, faculty, and staff of Northwestern to learn more about our research and activities by participating in our public events.

Who Should Apply?

Doctoral candidates from any field are eligible to apply to join this intellectual “home” outside their department. Past participants have come from the following programs:

  • Art History
  • Comparative Literary Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Musicology
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Theatre and Drama

How to Apply

Prospective PhD students interested in participating in this cluster should indicate their interest when they apply to their respective graduate programs.

Current students interested in participating in this cluster should contact Professor Deborah Cohen at

Who to Contact

Please contact the program director, listed below, with questions about this program. Or, explore the British Studies website for more information.

Deborah Cohen
Peter B. Ritzma Professor of Humanities and Professor of History