Nineteenth Century Studies is an interdisciplinary journal published annually by the Nineteenth Century Studies Association in partnership with Pennsylvania State University Press. A forum for interdisciplinary research in the humanities across the long nineteenth century, NCS is renowned for its deep editing engagement and the production of high-quality interdisciplinary scholarship bridging literature, history, art history, philosophy, musicology, and other areas of the humanities across the long nineteenth century. Although our contributors most frequently write on American, British, and Continental topics, we place no geographical limitations on potential contributions.

The staff of NCS is led by co-editors Sunayani Bhattacharya (Saint Mary’s College of California); Nicole Lobdell (Louisiana Scholars’ College); Lanya Lamouria (Missouri State University); and Michelle Meinhart (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance).

The editorial staff draws on the expertise of the distinguished NCS Editorial Board, and NCSA’s Officers, Board, and Senior Advisory Council. Numerous scholars from the profession at large also give generously of their time.


As an interdisciplinary journal, we welcome submissions that cross disciplinary and national boundaries and/or range across the nineteenth century. We also wish to encourage submissions of essays treating the material cultures and popular arts, entertainments, and literatures, and their significance in nineteenth-century societies.

Our audience consists of professional scholars in a wide range of fields who share a commitment to the study of the century. Very narrowly focused essays—for example, studies providing an intensive analysis of a single work of art or literature—are appropriate only if also afford the broad interdisciplinary interest. Studies of single works are not encouraged if likely to appeal only to very specialized interests. Successful submissions tend to be both deeply researched in their particular fields and sufficiently wide-ranging to engage readers whose main research interests lie in other areas.


NCS publishes book review essays, art exhibition reviews, and electronic resources of interdisciplinary interest. Typically, the editors solicit review essays with particular themes in mind. However, the editors invite interested scholars to submit a prospectus for proposed review essays along with a brief résumé of relevant qualifications for undertaking the project. Unannounced, unsolicited reviews are not encouraged, particularly reviews of single publications.

Online reviews are solicited from NCSA members for publications relevant to conference themes.