Dr Cathy Waters

Honorary Senior Research Fellow in English Literature

Honorary Senior Research Fellow; Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, Dickens Journals Online

Cathy-WatersCathy Waters taught in Australia, at the University of New England and the University of Sydney, before her appointment as Reader in Victorian Studies at the University of Kent in 2009. In 2007 she was appointed as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham, and since then has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Dickens Journals Online project run from the English Department. She was a co-applicant for the successful Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant awarded for 2011–2012. Her research interests lie in Victorian literature and culture, with a particular focus on the writing of Dickens, the journalism of George A. Sala, and nineteenth-century periodicals and newspapers. From 2001-2005 she was managing editor of the Australasian Victorian Studies Journal and she has written various journal articles, book chapters, and reviews on Victorian topics. Currently she is working on an AHRC-funded project investigating of the writing of the Victorian ‘special correspondent’ : “Journalism on the move: the special correspondent and Victorian print culture”.


  • BA (Hons) Dip Ed
  • MA, Macquarie University
  • PhD, University of Sydney

Research Interests

  • Victorian literature
  • Victorian culture
  • Dickens
  • Victorian periodicals and newspapers

External Roles

  • Reader in Victorian Literature, University of Kent
  • Honorary Affiliate, School of Media, Arts and Letter, University of Sydney
  • Member of the editorial board of Victorian Periodicals Review

Contact Details

Recent Publications

  • Cathy Waters, series editor for the 6-volume collection, A Library of Essays on Charles Dickens (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012)
  • Cathy Waters, Commodity Culture in Dickens’s Household Words: The Social Life of Goods (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008)
  • Cathy Waters, Dickens and the Politics of the Family (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1997; reprint 2005)
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