Helen Aling, Ph.D.

Helen Aling, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of English

Ph.D. at University of Minnesota
M.A. at Minnesota State University—Mankato
B.S. at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College
B.A. at University of Minnesota


A native of the Twin Cities, Helen Aling has enjoyed teaching English at Northwestern since 1986.

Living with an archeologist husband has provided many unusual experiences, including a summer in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Egypt.

Leading student tours to Great Britain has been a highlight of her experiences at UNW, helping students see the historical setting of the great works of British literature.

Specialty Areas

  • British literature
  • Victorian literature
  • Charles Dickens

Other Areas of Interest

  • Holocaust Literature
  • Detective Fiction
  • Classical Literature
  • Romantic Revival
  • British History

Professional Accomplishments

“The Three Evidences as Tests of Orthodoxy,” Dickens Society Conference, Chicago, IL

“A Tale of Two Families: A Story of Empire,” Faculty Symposium, University of Northwestern

“Dickens’s View on Baptism and the Lord’s Supper,” Evangelical Theological Society National Meeting, San Diego, CA

“Ancient Egyptian Literature,” Trinity Southwest University, Albuquerque, NM

“Christianity and Mithraism in Roman Britain,” lecture at Southwest Institute of Biblical Studies, Albuquerque, NM

“Contrasted Places of Worship of Mithraism and Christianity in the Roman World,” Evangelical Theological Society/Near East Archeological Society National Meeting, Toronto, Canada

“A View from Charles Dickens’s Pew at Little Portland Street Unitarian Chapel,” Evangelical Theological Society National Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO

“Dickens and Arian Unitarianism,” Evangelical Theological Society National Meetings, Boston, MA

Guest Lecture on Dickens at The Master’s College, Los Angeles, CA

“Roman Mithraism and Christianity in Great Britain and Dura-Europos: Part I, II and III,” Artifax Winter, Spring and Summer 2003