Gail Turley Houston received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1990, specializing in Victorian literature. She has published four books: Consuming Fictions: Gender, Class, and Hunger in Dickens's Fiction (SIUP: 1994), Royalties: the Queen and Victorian Writers (University Press of Virginia: 1999), From Dickens to Dracula: Gothic, Economics, and Victorian Fiction (Cambridge UP, 2005); and Victorian Women Writers, Radical Grandmothers, and the Gendering of God (Ohio UP, 2013) and numerous articles on Victorian topics, including, “‘Pray don’t forget me my sweet little thing’: Charlotte Brontë’s Relationship with Ann Cook.” Brontë Studies. 2011 and “’Pretend[ing] a little’: The Play of Musement in Dickens’s Little Dorrit.” Dickens Studies Annual 41. AMS Press, 2010.
She has been a nominee for UNM Presidential Teaching Fellow and OSET Teacher of the Year and was named the Outstanding CASTL Teacher at UNM, (one of only two awards given campus wide) in 2001. In 2009 she was named Outstanding Faculty Member by the English Department Graduate Students at the first annual English Graduate Student Association Award Ceremony. In 2011, Dr. Houston was one of the recipients of the New Mexico Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico.
Dr. Houston also serves as the faculty advisor for the Victorian Studies Student Association (vssa.unm.edu).