Founded by a small group of scholars in 1977 under the leadership of English Professor Lawrence Poston of the University of Illinois-Chicago, the Midwest Victorian Studies Association has flourished for over thirty years. MVSA now has a roll of about 200 members from more than 100 colleges and universities throughout the Midwest and beyond. Dedicated to multidisciplinary study of the Victorian Period in Britain, MVSA's membership is comprised primarily of teachers, scholars, and students of history, literature, art history, music, philosophy, and religion--specialists and generalists alike.

Over the years, MVSA's principal purpose has been to foster new understandings and appreciations of the Victorians by hosting an annual conference and by otherwise encouraging and facilitating scholarly exchange, collaboration, and publication. The conference combines panels of presenters with keynote speakers, meals, and entertainments, which range from musical performances to a complete Victorian ball.

In addition to organizing a Victorian studies conference each year, the MVSA maintains this Web site and a Facebook page, providing valuable ways and means for members to share ideas and information and to keep current with each other's work. Committed to the support of graduate research in Victorian studies, MVSA funds a dissertation research award that is presented each spring at the annual meeting. The first-book prize, awarded in 2008 (to Ivan Kreilkamp of Indiana University) and 2009 (to William McKelvy of Washington University-St. Louis), recognized outstanding work by newer scholars in the field of Victorian studies.
Past Officers
Conference Themes and Programs, 1977-Present
25th Anniversary Bulletin
Past and Present Executive Board Members