Diana Archibald

Diana Archibald, English

Diana Archibald, English

Associate Professor, Internship Coordinator
O'Leary Library 477


Charles Dickens, Victorian Fiction, British Literature, Transatlantic Studies, Creative Nonfiction.

Research Interest

Charles Dickens--especially his relationship to America, Victorian intersections of gender and imperialism, scholarships 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. She recently 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. Major scholarly works include her book, Domesticity, Imperialism, and Emigration in the Victorian Novel (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. Dr. Archibald was co-curator and lead scholar of a major 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," and she was the organizer 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 at http://library.uml.edu/dickens

Archibald, Ph.D. is currently working on a book project: Dickens and Massachusetts: The Other America and is writing a chapter on Dickens for a forthcoming collection entitled Antipodal Homes: Domestic Fiction in Colonial Australia and New Zealand. She is also preparing to teach a study abroad class in London summer of 2014. She regularly teaches Victorian fiction and 19th-century British literature, as well as creative non-fiction and service-learning courses. Professor Archibald serves as the English department's internship coordinator.