Vyshali Manivannan

Vyshali Manivannan

Assistant Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
English, Writing & Cultural Studies

Vyshali Manivannan

Choate House
| Office Hours: Tue, Thu 11:00am-2:00pm


Faculty Bio

Vyshali Manivannan holds a Ph.D. in Communication, Information, and Media from Rutgers University and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. Her scholarship has appeared in Spark, Digital Health, Fibreculture, and Platform, among other journals, and her creative work has been featured in literary magazines such as Fourth Genre, Paris Review online, Consequence, The Fanzine, and DIAGRAM. She was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize in Nonfiction and was among those listed in “Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2014” in Best American Essays 2015.

Awards and Honors

  • Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies, 2023, Distinguished Scholarly Achievement Award
  • Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, 2022, Kairos Scholarship/Research Award for Graduate Students and Adjuncts
  • Office of Residential Life and Housing, 2020, “Honoring Excellence” Faculty Award for Supporting Academic Achievement
  • Dept. of Journalism & Media Studies, Rutgers University, 2018, Distinguished Achievement as Part-Time Lecturer
  • Best American Essays 2015, 2015, Notable Essay


PhD, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2022
Communication, Information, and Media

M.F.A., Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, NY, 2007
Fiction Writing

BA, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2005

Research and Creative Works

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

The Author Draws a Blank
[Creative-Critical Performance] Lancaster, PA, USAThe Author Is in Pain
[Creative-Critical Performance] Lancaster, PA, USAI am always in transition when disaster strikes/r.kv.r.y. Literary Journal
[Nonfiction - Online Journal] Numerology/DIAGRAM
[Nonfiction - Online Journal] The meaning of a machete/CONSEQUENCE Literary Magazine
[Nonfiction - Print Journal] ThisIsMyManifesto.htm/The Fanzine
[Creative Nonfiction - Online Journal] Notes to self/theNewerYork
[Nonfiction - Online Journal] White van fear/Black Clock
[Nonfiction - Print Journal] I don’t know how to end this
[Author of performance piece] Yoni Ki Baat: South Asian Vagina Monologues, Washington DC

Courses Taught

Past Courses

ENG 105: Composition and Rhetoric I (CAP)
ENG 110: Composition
ENG 110: Composition (CAP)
ENG 120: Critical Writing
ENG 201: Writing in the Disciplines
ENG 206: Intro to Writing Studies
ENG 214: Intro to Rhetorical Theory
ENG 322: Advncd Writing: Art of Memoir
ENG 396: Topic: Cultural Rhetorics
LIT 205: Intro to Lit, Culture & Media
LIT 275: Dsblty Stds in Lit & Cltre

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