University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division



About Dean Childers


In 2008, Dr. Joseph Childers was appointed Dean of the Graduate Division. A Professor in English, Dean Childers specializes in Marxist, post-Marxist, and historicist theory and criticism; the English novel; and Victorian studies, with recent focus on working-class and immigrant literature.

Dean Joseph ChildersHe is the author of Novel Possibilities: Fiction and the Formation of Early Victorian Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995) and coauthor of The Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism (Columbia UP Press, 1995). He has published articles and essays on a wide variety of topics, including Edwin Chadwick and the discursive formation of the Victorian working classes, class resistance and Victorian domesticity, and theorizing the imperialized subject in the metropolis. Some of his recent work includes, "Foreign Matter" in Filth, edited by William Cohen and Ryan Johnson ( Minnesota , 2005), "Outside Looking In: Colonials, Immigrants, and the Pleasure of the Archive" in Victorian Studies (2004) and "Political Dickens," an essay on Dickens's journalism in Palgrave Advances in Charles Dickens Studies (2006). He is the coeditor of two recent collections, Victorian Prism: Refractions of the Crystal (with James Buzard and Eileen Gillooly, University of Virginia Press, 2007) and Sublime Economy: On the Intersection of Art and Economics (with Stephen Cullenberg and Jack Amariglio, Routledge, 2008).

Dean Childers has been the recipient of fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities for his current project on minority discourse and literary culture in nineteenth-century England. He is also a member of the editorial board of Rethinking Marxism. He has been a faculty member of the UC Dickens Project since 1989. In 2001 he was the recipient of the UC, Riverside Distinguished Teaching Award. Since 2006-2007 he has been the faculty coordinator of a Mellon research group on The Global 19th Century.

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