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Diana Archibald

Diana Archibald, Ph.D. Associate Chair of English, Professor, Internship Coordinator


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, 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 "Dickens and Massachusetts: A Tale of Power and Transformation," the award-winning public humanities exhibition at the Lowell National Historical Park in celebration of Charles Dickens's bicentennial (March 30-October 20, 2012). 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 available on-line.

Her most recent work has appeared in Service Learning and Literary Studies (MLA Press, 2015) and Domestic Fiction in Colonial Australiaand New Zealand (Pickering and Chatto, 2014). She served as co-editor of 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-edited special issue on "Dickens and America" for Dickens Quarterly. She has published various other articles and reviews and presented at regional, national, and international conferences. Forthcoming work includes an article on Dickens and France in Représentations, an arts and humanities journal published by the University of Grenoble Stendhal; a book chapter on teaching Dickens using service learning; and an introduction to a new edition of Charles Dickens’s travel book American Notes. Professor Archibald teaches both British Literature and Service-Learning Professional Writing courses and serves as the English department's Associate Chair and Internship Coordinator.