Alex L. Milsom
Ph.D., Department of English
University of California – Los Angeles | | @alexandramilsom


The British Traveler and the Continental Tour, 1802-1863
(Committee: Joseph Bristow, Ali Behdad, Saree Makdisi, and Akhil Gupta)

Academic Interests:

Tourism, Romantic & Victorian literature, Digital Humanities, Musicology, Pedagogy, Critical Race Theory


  • Ph.D., English, UCLA, 2016
  • C.Phil., English UCLA, 2013
  • M.A., English, UCLA, 2011
  • M.S.T., Adolescent English Education, Fordham, 2006
    Thesis: The Motivation Gap: Engaging the Reluctant Learner (April 12, 2006)
  • B.A., English, Yale, 2003
    Thesis: The Carriage Ride Out: Traveling and Visiting in Jane Austen’s Novels

Professional & Teaching Appointments:

  • Mellon Literatures in English, Pedagogy Grant, Digital Gateways Working Group 2015-2016
  • Lenart Graduate Travel Fellowship, UCLA Graduate Division 2015
  • Teaching Fellow in English, Writing Programs, UCLA 2013-2014
    (click here for specific class information)
  • Instructional Technology Consultant, UCLA Center for Digital Humanities 2011-2013
  • Teaching Assistant in English, UCLA 2009-2011
    (click here for specific class information)
  • High School English, Harry S. Truman High School, Bronx, NY, 2004-2007


Awards, Fellowships, and Honors:

  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA Graduate Division, 2014-2015
  • Teaching Prize Nominee, UCLA Department of English, 2014
  • The Dickens Project, Dickens Universe—Bleak House, UCLA Graduate Representative, 2012
  • Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA with Professor Saree Makdisi, 2011
  • Library Association Price, UCLA Campbell Student Book Collection Competition, 2011
  • Summer Research Mentorship, UCLA with Professor Anne Mellor, 2010
  • Chancellor’s Prize, UCLA 2009-2010
  • Teacher of the Year, NYC Department of Education & Education Update Magazine, 2007


  • Modern Language Association (MLA), Vancouver, B.C., January 2015
    • “Aristocratic Guidebooks for the Aspirational Middle Class in Nineteenth-Century Britain,” Travel Literature Panel – “Around the World in 80 Clicks.”
    • “Blogging Victorian Tourism: Morrell, Memory, & Plagiarism,” Special Session – Victorian Travelers and Memory.
  • “Victorian Travelers, Their Guidebooks, and the Evolution of a Pro-Tourist Tourist,” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) Conference, London, Ontario, September 2014.
  • “The Commercial Traveler: Jemima Morrell’s Swiss Journal & the Female Group Traveler,” North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA) Conference, Victorian Media Seminar, Los Angeles, September 2013.
  • “Amy Dorrit, Gondoliers, and Other Tourists of Venice,” The Dickens Project Graduate Conference, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, April 2013.
  • “Terrae Bene Cognitae: The Grand Tour and the Irritable Tourist,” Society for the History of Discoveries Annual Conference, Portland, ME, September 2011.
  • “Austen’s Fanny Price, Grateful Negroes and the Stockholm Syndrome,” North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Annual Conference, Park City, August 2011.
  • “Mr. Meagles’ Tchotchkes: Dickens’ Little Dorrit and the Cultural Currency of Souvenirs,” Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Annual Conference, Albuquerque, March 2011.
  • “Manlier than Mozart: The Anti-Wagnerian Stance of A Wicked Voice,” Thinking Gender Annual Graduate Student Research Conference, Los Angeles, February 2010.

Professional Affiliations & Selected Service

  • Modern Language Association, 2008-present
  • North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR), 2010-present
  • North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA), 2012-present
  • NAVSA 2013 Conference (Los Angeles), Panel Chair, “Pastoral and Provincial”
  • UCLA English Nineteenth-Century Group, 2008-present
  • UCLA Romanticism Group, 2008-present


  • French – Fluent
  • Italian – Conversational