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Dr Victoria Mills

BA (Oxford), MA (Leicester), MA (London), DPhil (London)

Lecturer in Victorian Literature and Culture; Co-Director Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies

I joined Birkbeck in September 2016, having previously held a three-year Research Fellowship at Darwin College, Cambridge and a Teaching Fellowship at King’s College, London. Prior to academia, I worked in the museum sector including roles at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Geffrye Museum.

My research focuses on the relationship between literature, visual and material culture in the Victorian period, the way in which contemporary museums and galleries present the Victorians, and on questions of gender and sexuality. I have published on Oscar Wilde, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Henry James and Nathaniel Hawthorne, among others.

You can see me talking about my research role on the 2015 ‘Fallen Woman’ exhibition at the Foundling Museum here.


I teach on the MA Victorian Studies:

  • Progress and Anxiety
  • Research Skills
  • The Victorians and Ancient Rome
  • Victorian Masculinities

I teach on the BA English:

  • Writing London
  • Critical Foundations
  • The Victorians and their World
  • The Fin-de siècle
  • The Victorian Novel

Contact details

tel. 020 3073 8416