Diana Archibald

Diana Archibald

Diana Archibald, English

Associate Professor, Internship Coordinator
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Charles Dickens, Victorian Fiction, British Literature, Transatlantic Studies, Digital Humanities, Service-Learning

Research Interest

Charles Dickens (especially global connections), Victorian intersections of gender and imperialism, scholarship of teaching and learning (especially service-learning)

Educational Background

B.A., Pacific Lutheran University

M.A., California State University
Ph.D., Washington State University


Diana Archibald specializes in the Victorian novel, specifically Charles Dickens, and Anglo-American transatlantic studies, particularly 19th-century immigration. Her latest book, Dickens and Massachusetts: The Lasting Legacy of the Commonwealth Visits (UMass Press, May 2015) further develops material gathered for the national award-winning public humanities exhibition at the Lowell National Historical Park in celebration of Charles Dickens's bicentennial (March 30-October 20, 2012): "Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation." Archibald was co-curator and lead scholar of the exhibition and the Director of a seven-month slate of public programming for the "Dickens in Lowell" event series, funded by the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation. The exhibition, along with other legacy projects, is now available on-line. Her most recent work has appeared in Service Learning and Literary Studies (MLA Press, 2015) and Domestic Fiction in Colonial Australia and New Zealand (Pickering and Chatto, 2014). She served as co-editor for the June 2013 issue of Dickens Quarterly and guest editor of a special issue on anti-Americanism in 19th-century British literature for the transatlanticism journal, Symbiosis. Previous major scholarly works include her first book, Domesticity, Imperialism, and Emigration in the Victorian Novel (U Missouri P., 2002), a 100-page review essay "Recent Dickens Studies: 2005" for Dickens Studies Annual, and a guest editorship of a special issue of Dickens Quarterly on "Dickens and America." She has published various other articles and reviews and presented at regional, national, and international conferences, and is currently revising an article on Dickens and France for a special issue on "Dickensian Prospects" for E-rea, a peer-reviewed French journal devoted to Anglophone studies. Professor Archibald teaches both British Literature and Service-Learning Professional Writing courses and serves as the English department's Internship Coordinator. She also offers a study abroad summer course in London every other year (2014, 2016...)