Nineteenth-Century Group


Who we are

The 19th-Century Group is an interdisciplinary research colloquium for the study of British literature and culture broadly and openly defined, including trans-Atlantic exchanges, empire, and more. We are interested in the long nineteenth century, including the late eighteenth century and the Edwardian period.

The group holds a number of meetings each quarter. Our primary purpose is to provide a place where UCLA graduate students and faculty can share their work in progress. We also meet to hear papers presented by visiting scholars.

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Graduate Coordinator
Michael Vignola

Current Faculty Coordinator
Anahid Nersessian


Previous Faculty Coordinators

Jonathan H. Grossman (2002–2014)
Anahid Nersessian (2015–16)
Jonathan H. Grossman (2016–2017)

Previous Graduate Coordinators
Melissa Sodeman (2005–06)
Matt Dubord (2006–07)
Josie Richstad (2007–08)
Katherine Isokawa (2008–09)
Dustin Friedman (2009–10)
Cristina Richieri Griffin (2010–11)
Amy Wong (2011–12)
Ronjaunee Chatterjee (2012–13)
Katie Charles (2013–14)
Lindsay Wilhelm (2014–15)
Cailey Hall (2015–16)
Ellen Truxaw (2016-17)


2017–18 schedule




Hum 193



Oriah Amit (UCLA) 

 "'Perfect Security': Surveillance    and the Problem of Securing Commodities in the Wake of the 1851 Great Lock Controversy."





Hum 250


David Russell (Oxford)

"John Ruskin, Iconoclast." 




Location TBA 


Angelina Del Balzo (UCLA)

"The Arabian Nights on an Illegitimate Stage."  






Amanda Vickery

(Queen Mary, University of London)

Samantha Morse (UCLA)

Kiel Shaub (UCLA 






Kathleen Frederickson (UC Davis)

Michelle Radnia (UCLA)

Ellen Truxaw (UCLA)