Jason Rudy is a Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, and past president of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association. His most recent book, Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies, is a study of poetry written by nineteenth-century British emigrants in colonial spaces, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2017 (listen here to a radio interview on the book). This work was supported by fellowships from both the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). His first book, Electric Meters (2009), looks at the ways Victorian poetry was inspired by and in conversation with developments in the electrical sciences: for example, the invention of the telegraph and the discovery of electromagnetic radiation. Rudy currently directs the English Honors program at UMD and serves on the advisory boards of the journals Victorian Studies and Victorian Poetry.


  • Imagined Homelands: British Poetry in the Colonies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017).
  • “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), 325-50.
  • “Manifest Prosody,” Victorian Poetry 49 (Summer 2011; special issue on Victorian Prosody, ed. Meredith Martin and Yisrael Levin), 253-66.
  • Electric Meters: British Physiological Poetics (Ohio University Press, 2009).
  • “Hemans’ Passion,” Studies in Romanticism 45 (Winter 2006), 543-62.
  • “Rhythmic Intimacy, Spasmodic Epistemology,” Victorian Poetry 42 (Winter 2004; special issue on Spasmodic Poetry and Poetics), 451-72.
  • “Australia to Paraguay: Race, Class, and Poetry in a South American Colony," 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.

  • “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.

  • “Settled: Dorrit Down Under," Nineteenth-Century Literature 75.2 (September 2020), 184-206.

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