Robert Maidens is working on a PhD at Birkbeck College investigating characters who create new identities in fiction of the mid-nineteenth century. He is an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Kent.
Heather Tilley has recently completed her thesis entitled 'Blindness and Writing, 1800-72', at Birkbeck College, University of London. She is currently a teaching fellow in the English department at Birkbeck.
Ruth Livesey is Reader in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Thought in the Department of English, Royal Holloway, University of London, where she directs the MA in Victorian Literature, Art, and Culture. Her publications include Socialism, Sex, and the Culture of Aestheticism in Britain, 1880-1914 (OUP, 2007) and the forthcoming co-edited collection The American Experiment andtheIdea of Democracy in British Culture (Ashgate, 2011). She is Assistant Editor of the Journal of Victorian Culture.
Ella Dzelzainis is Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature in the School of English at Newcastle University. She is co-editor of two forthcoming essay collections: Harriet Martineau: Authorship, Society, and Empire (MUP, 2010) with Cora Kaplan; and The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture, 1776-1914 (Ashgate, 2011) with Ruth Livesey. Currently, she is working on her British Academy postdoctoral research project, Fictions, Feminisms and Malthus, 1798-1916.
Ben Winyard recently completed his PhD thesis 'The Sexual Politics of Victorian Anti-Catholicism, 1833–90' at Birkbeck, University of London. He has taught MA options on ‘Dickens’ and ‘Queer Histories, Queer Cultures’ at Birkbeck and worked as an editorial assistant on 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century. He has been a co-organiser of Birkbeck’s annual Dickens Day since 2005.
Isobel Armstrong FBA is Emeritus Professor of English and Fellow of Birkbeck, University of London. She has written widely on nineteenth-century literature and poetry (Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics, 1993; The Oxford Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Women’s Poetry, 1996) and on the aesthetic (The Radical Aesthetic, 2000). Her latest book is Victorian Glassworlds. Glass Culture and the Imagination 1830-80.
David Feldman is Director of the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and a Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of Englishmen and Jews: Social Relations and Political Culture, 1840-1914 (Yale University Press, 1994). Most recently, with Jon Lawrence, he co-edited Structures and Transformations in Modern British History (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He is currently working on two projects: one concerned with 'The history and politics of "antisemitism"'; the other concerned with the relationship of the state to migrants, immigrants, and ethnic minorities since the seventeenth century.