I am a Dickens scholar, media historian and digital humanist, with research interests in scholarly editing, literary afterlives, social networks and literary circles, and transnational news exchange in the long nineteenth century. I am co-author of the Atlas of Digitised Newspapers and Metadata (2020), a ground-breaking Open Access report which is the first of its kind, and editor of Dickens After Dickens (White Rose UP, 2020), an Open Access edited collection. I have published on Dickens and on digitised newspaper collections, with further publications forthcoming on Dickens’s cultural legacy, and computational analysis of digitised newspapers. I am editor of the Dickens Letters project (dickensletters.com) and a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute. I have a strong record of impact work in collaboration with schools, museums and media projects. I am also a lecturer with experience at all levels across English, Creative Writing and History, as well as an award-winning academic skills expert.


PhD in English, University of York: ‘Changing Representations of Charles Dickens, 1857-1939’

MA in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture, University of York

BA in English and Comparative Literature, University of Warwick


The Atlas of Digitised Newspapers & Metadata: Reports from Oceanic Exchanges. Ed. M. H. Beals and Emily Bell. Loughborough University, 2020. DOI:10.6084/m9.figshare.11560059.

Map of Digitised Newspaper Metadata v.1.0.0. M. H. Beals and Emily Bell. Loughborough, 2020. DOI:10.6084/m9.figshare.11560110.

Dickens After Dickens. Ed. Emily Bell with a foreword by Juliet John. White Rose UP, 2020. DOI:10.22599/DickensAfterDickens.

‘Of Global Reach Yet of Situated Contexts: An Examination of the Implicit and Explicit Selection Criteria that Shape Digital Archives of Historical Newspapers.’ Tessa Hauswedell, Julianne Nyhan, M. H. Beals, Melissa Terras and Emily Bell. Archival Science 20.2 (2020): 139–65.

‘Evidence and Invention: The Materials of Literary Biography.’ A Companion to Literary Biography. Ed. Richard Bradford. Wiley & Blackwell. 309-23. 2018.

‘Dickens, Mary Angela.’ Companion to Victorian Popular Fiction. Ed. Kevin A. Morrison. McFarland & Co., Inc. 2018.

 ‘Crime and Detection in Oliver Twist.’ The Dickens Magazine 8.3 (2018): 24-25.

‘The Dickens Family, the Boz Club and the Fellowship.’ The Dickensian 113.3 (2017): 219-32.

‘A Lost Autobiographical Sketch.’ Wilkie Collins Journal 14 (2017).

‘Blogging in Humanities Teaching.’ Forum: Enhancing Learning & Teaching 40 (2016): 18-19.

Zola, Emile.’ Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Ed. Stephen Ross. Taylor and Francis, May 2016.

Peer English: (Re)Negotiating Victorian Biography (2015) with Emma Butcher. Introduction: 5-10.

Blog Posts


    • ‘The Society of Authors, 1884-1914’, funded by the Leverhulme Trust

    • Community-Led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs

    • ‘Empowering Users of Historical Digitised Newspapers Collections’, funded by the Loughborough Enterprise Projects Group

    • Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914’, funded by the AHRC/ESRC (Digging into Data Grant)


    • British Association for Romantic Studies

    • British Association for Victorian Studies

    • Dickens Fellowship

    • Dickens Society

    • European Association for Digital Humanities

    • Modern Languages Association

    • Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

    • Society for the History of Authorship Reading and Publishing

    • Wilkie Collins Society

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