Dr. Newell's research interests span a range of subjects within these broad areas: Canadian social and economic history; science and technology in late industrial society; women in Cold War science fiction and 1970s radio documentaries; Aboriginal women in the industrial economy; and Pacific/Northwest Coast fisheries and anthropology. Her publications have won prizes from the Canadian Historical Association, the Canadian Nautical Research Society, and the Association of Canadian Studies. Dr. Newell has received the UBC Killam Memorial Fellowship and the UBC Killam Research Prize, was a 2002 Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Distinguished Scholar in Residence, and Director of the Institute 2003-2011, and a 2012 Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, South Africa. She is an ongoing Visiting Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Technical University of Munich.
Dr. Newell is completing an interdisciplinary book manuscript on aspects of Canada’s Pacific coast history: Islands of Work on the Rough Edge of the World. She has also begun a new book project, on Judith Merril in Toronto and Japan in the 1970s and her activist journalism in Canadian broadcasting.
She is Vice-President, 2017-18, of the UBC Association of Professors Emeriti.
"This work offers the first comprehensive account and analysis of Merril's body of fiction. A thorough account of Merril's 50-year career, this work is a valuable reference for students of science fiction, women's biography and autobiography, women's contributions to frontier mythology, and women's activism"–Provided by publisher.