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 the author of Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century (Bucknell, 2017) and co-editor, with Tricia A. Matthew, of the Oxford University Press book series Race in Nineteenth-Century Literature and CultureHis second monograph, Browntology (SUNY Press, under contract) considers the philosophical groundings of brownness in Enlightenment European thought in order to show how the figure of the model minority haunts foundational efforts to define the human. Chander is also currently editing the Fulbright- and NEH-funded Collected Works of Egbert Martin (Oxford UP) and The Cambridge Companion to Romanticism and Race (Cambridge UP, 2024).

Recent and forthcoming talks include the Republic of Guyana Distinguished Lecture in Georgetown, Guyana; the Kane Lecture at Ohio State; and keynotes and plenaries at the annual meetings of the International Conference on Romanticism, North American Society for the Study of Romanticism, and British Association for Romantic Studies. 

Professor Chander serves as the department's union representative and Newark Chapter President of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT. He is a founding member of The Bigger 6 Collective, formed in 2017 to challenge structural racism in the academic study of Romanticism.

Courses Taught

  • Senses of Brown
  • 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


  • Literatures and Cultures of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
  • Race and Empire
  • Poetry and Poetics


  • National Endowment for the Humanities Award for Faculty, 2022
  • Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium Teaching Fellowship, 2022
  • 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


    • 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




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