Joseph W. Childers
Professor Emeritus
Dean, Graduate Division: 2008-2016


Joe Childers specializes in 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 and coauthor of The Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism. 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. A sample of his work includes, “Foreign Matter” in Filth, edited by William Cohen and Ryan Johnson,"Outside Looking In: Colonials, Immigrants, and the Pleasure of the Archive" in Victorian Studies  and “Political Dickens,” an essay on Dickens’s journalism in Palgrave Advances in Charles Dickens Studies . He is the coeditor of two collections, Victorian Prism: Refractions of the Crystal Palace (with James Buzard and Eileen Gillooly) and Sublime Economy: Aesthetics, Economics, Value (with Stephen Cullenberg and Jack Amariglio). 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 was also 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 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. From 2006-2016 he was the faculty coordinator of the Workshop on The Global 19th Century.  He became Dean of the Graduate Division in 2008 and served in that capacity until 2016.  From 2016-2018 he was provost of Saint George's University.   He now is professor emeritus at UC, Riverside.