Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA,Winner of UCLA’s Outstanding Teacher Award
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Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Engel now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has served as a professor and lecturer at UCLA, North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke University. Dr. Engel earned his M.A. and Ph.D. as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at UCLA, and was awarded the university’s Outstanding Teacher Award.
Engel has authored several books that have been published in England, Japan, Turkey, and the United States, including A Dab of Dickens & A Touch of Twain (Simon & Schuster) – an edited collection of several of his well-known lectures, and Pickwick Papers: An Annotated Bibliography. Engel’s mini-lecture series on Charles Dickens ran on PBS television stations around the country.
Four plays Engel wrote have been produced over the last ten years. The Night Before Christmas Carol has been an annual national public television broadcast in both the United States and Canada. The premiere collaboration of The Night Before Christmas Carol featured actor Jeffrey West, who originated the role on stages in North Carolina.
Engel’s articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and national magazines including Newsweek. He has lectured throughout the United States and on most continents, and he continues to teach and lecture.
Widely recognized for his concentration in Dickensian Scholarship, Engel received North Carolina’s Adult Education Award, North Carolina State’s Alumni Professorship, and the Victorian Society’s Award of Merit. In 2009, he was inducted into the Royal Society of Arts in England for his academic work and service in promoting Charles Dickens.
In 2014, Engel was named Tar Heel of the Week by the Raleigh News and Observer for his thirty years of delivering public programs in the humanities and sponsoring state and national literary contests for high school students. Since 1980, Dr. Engel has been President of the Dickens Fellowship of North Carolina, the largest branch of this worldwide network of clubs.