Manu Samriti Chander

Manu Samriti Chander


mchander [at]

Office Location

360 Dr. Martin L. King Blvd.
Hill Hall 516
Newark, New Jersey 07102

Manu Samriti Chander is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University-Newark. He holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and a PhD from Brown University. His first monograph, Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century (Bucknell, 2017), examined the appropriation of British Romantic tropes by colonial poets throughout the nineteenth century. He has also edited a collection of short fiction by the nineteenth-century Guyanese author, Egbert Martin (Caribbean Press, 2014), and co-edited, with Tricia A. Matthew, a special issue of European Romantic Review on generic experimentation in Romantic abolitionist literature. Professor Chander is currently completing The Collected Works of Egbert Martin for Oxford University Press and developing a second monograph, Browntology, under contract with SUNY Press. Professor Chander serves as the department's union representative and is a member of Executive Committee of the Newark Chapter of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT. He is also a founding member of The Bigger 6 Collective, formed in 2017 to challenge structural racism in the academic study of Romanticism. 

Courses Taught

  • The Romantic Period
  • Romanticism and the Politics of the Aesthetic
  • The Nineteenth-Century Novel: Nation and Empire
  • Global Romanticism
  • Introduction to Global Literatures
  • Cosmopolitanism 
  • Literature and Controversy
  • Foundations of Literary Study
  • Introduction to Graduate Literary Study


  • Romanticism
  • World literature
  • Postcolonialism
  • Literary theory


  • New England Board of Higher Education Open Educational Resources Grant, 2021
  • Open Access Textbook Faculty Grant, Rutgers University Libraries, 2021
  • MLA Humanities in Five Public Engagement Prize, 2019
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant, 2018-2019
  • Antronette Yancey Memorial Scholarship, National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, 2017
  • Center for Cultural Analysis Fellowship, Rutgers University, 2016-2017
  • Rutgers University Research Council Grant, 2013-2015
  • Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Research Grant, 2006
  • Jean Starr Untermeyer Fellowship, Brown University, 2006
  • Manning Graduate Fellowship VI, Brown University, 2005
  • University Fellowship, Brown University,  2001-Spring 2002
  • Academy of American Poets Prize, University of Michigan, 2000
  • Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan, 1999-200


    • Ph.D. Brown University, English, May 2009
    • A.M. Brown University, English, May 2003
    • M.F.A. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Creative Writing, May 2001
    • B.A. Wesleyan University, English, May 1999




    Selected Articles

     Public Writing