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.
- 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
- Pacific/Northwest Coast fisheries and anthropology
D. Newell; V. Lamont. Judith Merril: a critical study. Jefferson, N.C: McFarland, 2012.
D. Newell; R.E. Ommer. Fishing places, fishing people: traditions and issues in Canadian small-scale fisheries. Toronto, Ont: University of Toronto Press, 1999.
D. Newell. Tangled webs of history: Indians and the law in Canada's Pacific Coast fisheries. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993.
D. Newell; R. Greenhill. Survivals: aspects of industrial archaeology in Ontario. Erin, Ont: Boston Mills Press, 1989.
D. Newell. The Development of the Pacific salmon-canning industry: a grown man's game. Kingston, Ont: McGill-Queen's Univ. Press, 1989.
D. Newell; E.Ebook Collection. Technology on the frontier: mining in old Ontario. Vancouver [B.C.]: University of British Columbia Press, 1986.
D. Newell, “Renewing ‘That Which Was Almost Lost or Forgotten’: The Implications of Old Ethnologies for Present-Day Traditional Ecological Knowledge Among Canada's Pacific Coast Peoples”, The International Indigenous Policy Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, 2015.
D. Newell, “"The Ksraom-Larhae Totem Pole c.1885 of Canada's Northwest Coast Culture Area."”, Fünf Kontinente. Forum für ethnologische Forschung, no. Band 1, pp. 107-127, 2015.
D. Newell and Lamont, V., “Savagery On Mars: Representations of the Primitive in Brackett and Burroughs”, in Visions of Mars: Essays on the Red Planet in Fiction and Science, H. V. Hendricks, Slusser, G., and Rabkin, E. Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing, 2011.
D. Newell and Lamont, V., ““Leigh Brackett (1915-1978),” co-authored with Victoria Lamont”, in Fifty Key Figures in Science Fiction, M. Bould, Butler, A. M., Roberts, A., and Vint, S. UK: Routledge, 2010, pp. 37-41.
D. Newell, “In Her Own Words: Reflections on Industrial Archaeology”, in Archaeology, First Canadian Edition, D. Thomas and Dawson, P. Canada: Nelson, 2009, pp. 462-63.
D. Newell and Tallentire, J., “Learning the ‘Prophet Business’: The Merril-Russ Intersection”, in On Joanna Russ, F. Mendelsohn Wesleyan University Press: Middletown, CT, 2009, pp. 64-80.
D. Newell and McCann, J., “Judith Merril Moving In and Out of This World: Urban Landscape Encounters of a Science Fiction Personality in the Sixties and Seventies”, in Feeling Our Way: Advancing Emotional Geographies, L. Bondi, Cameron, L., Davidson, J., and Smith, M. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2009, pp. 267-82.
D. Newell and Lamont, V., “Judith Merril, Daughter of Earth: The Intersections Among Gender, Science Fiction, and Frontier Mythology”, Science Fiction Studies, pp. 48-65, 2009.
J. T. Gilley and Newell, D., “For the Extended Family and the Universe: Judith Merril and Science Fiction Autobiography”, Biography, vol. 30, pp. 1-21, 2007.
D. Newell and Schreiber, D., “Why Spend a Lot of Time Dwelling on the Past?: Understanding Resistance to Contemporary Salmon Farming in Kwakwaka’wakw Territory”, in Pedagogies of the Global: Knowledge in the Human Interest, A. Dirlik Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers, 2006.
D. Newell and Schreiber, D., “COLLABORATIONS ON THE PERIPHERY: The Wolcott-Sewid Potlatch Controversy”, BC Studies, pp. 7-33, 2006.
D. Schreiber and Newell, D., “NEGOTIATING TEK IN BC SALMON FARMING: Learning from Each Other or Managing Tradition and Eliminating Contention?”, BC Studies, pp. 79-102, 2006.
D. Newell, “Belonging Out of Place: Women’s Stories from the Western Edge of the Western World,” in , eds., ”, in Embodied Contact: Women in Canada’s Colonial Past, K. Pickles and Rutherdale, M. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2005.
V. Lamont and Newell, D., “House Opera: Frontier Mythology and Subversion of Domestic Discourse in Mid-Twentieth Century Women's Space Opera”, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, vol. 34, pp. 71-88, 2005.
D. Newell, “Rugged Domesticity: Frontier Mythology in Post-Armageddon Science Fiction by Women”, Science Fiction Studies, vol. 32, pp. 423-441, 2005.
D. Newell, “Judith Merril and Rachel Carson: Reflections on Their 'Potent Fictions' of Science”, Journal of International Women's Studies, vol. 5, pp. 31-43, 2004.
D. Newell, Engerman, S., Hoffman, P. T., Rosenthal, J. - L., and Sokoloff, K. L., “Beyond Chinatown: Social Networks, Development, and Overseas Chinese Intermediaries on the North American Pacific Coast in the Age of Finance Capital”, in Finance, Intermediaries and Economic Development, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 247-71.
D. Newell, “Fisheries and Fish Processing”, in Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, Vol. 2, New York: Oxford University Press, 2003, pp. 324-31.
D. Newell, “Home truths: women writing science in the nuclear dawn”, European Journal of American Culture, vol. 22, pp. 193-203, 2003.
D. Newell and Tallentire, J., “Co-Writing a Life in Science Fiction: Judith Merril as a Theorist of Autobiography ”, Further Perspectives on the Canadian Fantastic: Proceedings of the 2003 Conference on Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy. ACCSFF, Toronto, pp. 19-34, 2005.