Joseph W. Childers

100 University Office Building
UC, Riverside
Riverside, CA  92521

Phone: (951) 827-4302

Joe 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. He 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: Colonial, 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 Palace (James Buzard and Eileen Gillooly, University of Virginia Press, 2007) and Sublime Economy: Aesthetics, Economics, Value (with Stephen Cullenberg and Jack Amariglio, Routledge, 2008). 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 also is the Principal Investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate best methods for creating ethical cultures of investigation in STEM research. He is a member of the editorial board of ReThinking Marxism, serving as associate editor for four years.  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 he has been the faculty coordinator of the Workshop on The Global 19th Century.  He was appointed Dean of the Graduate Division in 2008.