Jason R. Rudy
Last updated December 2022


2018-   Professor of English Literature, University of Maryland, College Park
2010-18   Associate Professor of English Literature, University of Maryland, College Park
2004-13   Affiliate faculty, program in LGBT Studies, University of Maryland
2004-10    Assistant Professor of English Literature, University of Maryland, College Park


Ph.D., English, Rutgers University, May 2004
M.A., English, Rutgers University, May 2000
B.A. summa cum laude, English, Princeton University, 1997


  • 2020 National Endowment for the Humanities, Fellowships Open Book Program grant for an open access digital edition of Imagined Homelands
  • 2020 Teaching Innovation Grant, University of Maryland
  • 2019 College of Arts and Humanities Seed Grant Award, University of Maryland
  • 2014 Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
  • 2014 Graduate Mentor of the Year (university-wide award)
  • 2012 Center for Teaching Excellence Learning Enhancement Mini-Grant, University of Maryland
  • 2010-11 National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship (NEH)
  • 2009 General Research Board Summer Research Award, University of Maryland
  • 2006 Donald Gray Prize (honorable mention), North American Victorian Studies Association, for best essay published in the field of Victorian studies in 2005
  • 2005 General Research Board Summer Research Award, University of Maryland
  • 2003-2004 Bevier/University Dissertation Fellowship, Rutgers University
  • 2000-2001 Qualls Dissertation Fellowship, Rutgers University
  • 1997 Phi Beta Kappa, Princeton University



Imagined Homelands Cover

“The most surprising and engaging academic book I read this year” – Paul Giles, Australian Book Review (2018)

Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies
(Johns Hopkins University Press 2017)

Electric Meters: Victorian Physiological Poetics
(Ohio University Press 2009)
[at Amazon] [at Ohio UP]

Edited Journal Issues

Victorian Cosmopolitanisms (special issue)
Edited and introduced with Tanya Agathocleous
Victorian Literature and Culture (Fall 2010)

Spasmodic Poetry and Poetics(special issue)
Edited and introduced with Charles LaPorte
Victorian Poetry 42 (Winter 2004)

Edited Books

Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Volume 5, The Victorian Era, 3rd edition. General Editor. Broadview Press, 2021

Articles and Book Chapters

“Recombined: Anticolonial Form at the Turn of the Century”; written with Tanya Agathocleous. CUSP: Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Cultures 1.1 (Winter 2023): 105-116.

Gordon Syron and the Art of the Invasion.” Public Books (June 14, 2022)

“Beyond Universalisms: Individuation, Race, and Sentiment in Colonial New South Wales”; in Eliza Hamilton Dunlop: New Critical Essays, ed. Anna Johnston and Elizabeth Webby (Sydney University Press 2021): 93-104.

“Australia to Paraguay: Race, Class, and Poetry in a South American Colony,” written with Aaron Bartlett, Lindsey O’Neil, and Justin Thompson; in Worlding the South: Nineteenth-Century Literary Culture and the Southern British Colonies, ed. Sarah Comyn and Porcha Fermanis (Manchester University Press 2021): 139-58

Settled: Dorrit Down Under“; Nineteenth-Century Literature 72.1 (September 2020), 184-206

“Embodiment and Touch”; in The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Poetry, ed. Linda K. Hughes (Cambridge University Press 2019)

“Circulation”; written with Tanya Agathocleous, Victorian Literature and Culture 46.3-4 (Fall/Winter 2018)

Scottish Sounds in Colonial South Africa: Thomas Pringle, Dialect, and the Overhearing of Ballad”; Nineteenth-Century Literature 71.2 (September 2016)

“Colonial and Imperial Writing”; written with Mary Ellis Gibson, The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Writing, ed. Linda Peterson (Cambridge University Press 2015)

Floating Worlds: Émigré Poetry and British Culture“; ELH 81 (Spring 2014)

“First Person Nautical: Poetry and Play at Sea”; written with Hester Blum, J19 1 (Spring 2013)

On Literary Melbourne: Poetry in the Colony, ca. 1854”; BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History; July 2012

Manifest Prosody”; Victorian Poetry 49 (Summer 2011): Special issue: Victorian Prosody, ed. Meredith Martin and Yisrael Levin

“Material Patmore”; in Meter Matters: Verse Cultures of the Long Nineteenth-Century, ed. Jason David Hall (Ohio University Press 2011)

Hemans’ Passion“; Studies in Romanticism 45 (Winter 2006)

“Rapturous Forms: Mathilde Blind’s Darwinian Poetics”; Victorian Literature and Culture 34, (Fall 2006): Special issue: Fin de Siècle Literary Culture and Women Poets, ed. Marion Thain and Ana Vadillo

Rhythmic Intimacy, Spasmodic Epistemology“; Victorian Poetry 42, Winter 2004 (Special issue: Spasmodic Poetry and Poetics )

“On Cultural Neoformalism, Spasmodic Poetry, and the Victorian Ballad”; Victorian Poetry 41, Winter 2003 (Special issue: Whither Victorian Poetry? ed. Linda K. Hughes)


Review of Empire of Sentiment: The Death of Livingstone and the Myth of Victorian Imperialism, by Joanna Lewis, and Imperial Emotions: The Politics of Empathy across the British Empire, by Jane Lydon. Victorian Studies 63.4 (Summer 2021).

Review of Settler Colonialism in Victorian Literature: Economics and Political Identity in the Networks of Empire, by Philip Steer. Victorian Studies 62.4 (Summer 2020)

Review of Brown Romantics: Poetry and Nationalism in the Global Nineteenth Century, by Manu Chander; Romantic Literature and the Colonised World: Lessons from Indigenous Translations, by Nikki Hessell; and Colonial Literature and the Native Author: Indigeneity and Empire, by Jane Stafford. Victorian Studies 61.2 (Winter 2019)

Review of British Settler Emigration in Print, 1832-1877, by Jude Piesse
Victorian Studies 59.3 (Spring 2017)

Review of Translation as Transformation in Victorian Poetry, by Annmarie Drury
Review 19 (September 2016)

Review of The Social Lives of Poems in Nineteenth-Century America, by Michael Cohen
Nineteenth-Century Contexts 38.4 (June 2016)

Review of Heartbeats: Everyday Life and the Memorized Poem, by Catherine Robson
Victorian Studies (Summer 2014)

Review of Aesthetic Materialism: Electricity and American Romanticism, by Paul Gilmore
Review 19 (July 2010)

Review of Republican Politics and English Poetry, 1789-1874, by Stephanie Kuduk Weiner
Victorianism and Romanticism on the Net 52 (November 2008)

Review of Space and the ‘March of Mind’: Literature and the Physical Sciences in Britain, 1815-1850, by Alice Jenkins.
Victorian Studies 50 (Autumn 2007)

Review of Stateliest Measure: Tennyson and the Literature of Greece and Rome, by A. A. Markley.
Victorian Studies 47 (Spring 2005)


“Liberating British Women Writers” plenary roundtable
British Women Writers conference at the University of Virginia: May 2023

“No Little England: Variants in the Early Australian Colony”
Northeast Victorian Studies Association conference on Variants, Barnard College: April 2023

“Burnt Archives: Colonial Power and Indigenous Song”
Invited talk at the University of Washington, Seattle: May 2022

“Recombined: Genres of Anticolonialism”
Paper with Tanya Agathocleous, North American Victorian Studies Association conference, Vancouver BC (virtual event): March 2022

Victorians in Relation roundtable presentation on “Indigenous Studies and Victorian Studies”: MLA Conference in Washington DC: January 2022

“Recombinatory Forms.” Paper with Tanya Agathocleous, RSVP: Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (online): September 2021

“Eliza Hamilton Dunlop: Beyond Universalisms”: panel on Eliza Hamilton Dunlop and the Textual and Political Potential of Colonial Poetics; Texts and Their Limits virtual conference hosted by the Australian Literary Studies Convention: July 2021

Ivy Tower Boiler Room podcast on the launch of the Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Victorian Era, 3rd edition: June 2021

Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom, video interview with Ryan Fong on Indigenous Art and Victorian Studies: April 2021

Roundtable on Settler Colonial Studies, Indigenous Studies and Victorian Studies; Entangled Modernities: New Directions in Settler Colonial and Critical Indigenous Studies virtual conference hosted by the Centre for Indigenous and Settler Colonial Studies at the University of Kent, UK: September 2020

“Reading Together: David Copperfield and Iola Leroy
Panel discussion, online through the Dickens Universe, UC Santa Cruz: July 2020

“Art of the Invasion: Indigenous Australia and the British Empire”
Invited talk, Princeton Journeys: online lecture: April 2020

“Archive and Empire / Digital and Material”
Invited talk, Rutgers University British Studies Center: January 2020

“Dixie in Paraguay: Genre at the Peripheries of Empire”
Historical Poetics Now conference, University of Texas at Austin: November 2019

“Dixie in Paraguay: Race, Genre, and Indigeneity”
North American Victorian Studies Association, Ohio State University: October 2019

“Race, Genre, and Sentiment in Colonial New South Wales”
Invited seminar, Rice University: January 2019

“Australia to Paraguay: Race, Nationalism, and Poetry at the Fin de Siècle
Invited talk, George Washington University: December 2018

“Translation on the Borders of Empire”
Invited talk, Rutgers University British Studies Center: November 2018

“Recombinatory Forms”
Presented with Tanya Agathocleous, North American Victorian Studies Association, St. Petersburg, FL: October 2018

“Dorrit Down Under”
Plenary lecture: Dickens Universe, University of California at Santa Cruz: July 2018

“Xenophobia and the Dawn of Australian Aestheticism”
NYU conference on Transnational Poetics​: ​May 2018​

“Poetry, Property, and Indigeneity”
Invited talk: Cultural Geographies of the Colonial Southern Hemisphere, 1780-1870 conference, University College Dublin: November 2017

“Discerning Poetry: Indigenous Politics and Poetic Reform”
Form and Reform conference, University of Santa Cruz, CA: July 2017

“Irish Feeling in Colonial New South Wales”
NAVSA/AVSA conference in Florence, Italy: May 2017

“Race, Poetry, and Sociality in the Colonies”
North American Victorian Studies Association, Phoenix, AZ: November 2016

“The Poetry of Greater Britain”
World Victorians Conference, Warwick University, England: May 2016

“Oceans Away: Radical Elsewheres”
CUNY Victorian Conference: May 2016

“Sounding the Scottish Diaspora in British North America”
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia: October 2015

“Sounding the Scottish Diaspora”
University of Stirling, Scotland: March 2015

“Colonial Derivatives: Rewriting British Poetry in Australia”
University of Stony Brook, SUNY: February 2015

“Native Colonialists of the British Empire”
Indiana University: October 2014

“No Place Like Home: Robert Burns in Colonial New Zealand”
Poetic Genre and Social Imagination, University of Chicago: May 2014

“Poetry and Indigeneity in the Colonies”
NAVSA/BAVS/AVSA conference, “The Global and the Local,” Venice, Italy: June 2013

Symposium on the Ballad
Poetics, History, Theory at the University of California, Irvine: May 2013

Roundtable on Formalism
Victorian Poetry, Forms and Fashions conference, West Virginia University: April 2013

“Dickens’ Poetry, Poetry’s Dickens”
Invited talk, with Tricia Lootens: Dickens Universe, UC Santa Cruz: August 2012

“Nostalgia at Sea: Remembering British Poetry in the Colonies”
Invited talk: University of Cape Town, South Africa: October 2011

“The Colonial Futures of Victorian Poetry”
Victorian Futures conference, Dickens Universe, UC Santa Cruz: July 2011

“Parallel Crossings, Nautical Drag”
DC Queer Studies Symposium, University of Maryland: April 2011

“The Exile’s Lament: Poetry, Emigration, and the British Nineteenth Century”
Invited talk: P-19 Forum, Philadelphia: February 2011

“Colonial Laureates: Scaling the Empire, Cape Town to Melbourne”
North American Victorian Studies Association conference, Montreal: November 2010

“Poetry at Sea: Emigration, Nationalism, and the Forms of State”
Invited talk, Princeton University: October 2010