Our Faculty

Vyshali Manivannan


Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

English and Modern Language Studies

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    Choate House 255
Office Hours

Spring 2020

Mon 1:00pm-4:00pm(by appointment)

Tue 2:30pm-4:30pm(by appointment)

Office Hours

Spring 2020

Office Hours

Spring 2020


Vyshali Manivannan is a Ph.D. candidate in Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University and holds an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia University. Her scholarship has appeared in Digital Health, Fibreculture, and Platform, among other journals, and her creative work has been featured in literary magazines such as 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.


Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), Rutgers University School of Communication and Information, New Brunswick, NJ
Journalism and Media Studies

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

BA, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, 2005

Awards and Honors

Dept. of Journalism & Media Studies, Rutgers University, May 4, 2018 - Distinguished Achievement as Part-Time Lecturer
Best American Essays 2015, October 6, 2015 - Notable Essay


I see the world through pain goggles, and you refuse me my visual voice
Manivannan, V. (2018). http://medium.com/@GraphicSocSci/i-see-the-world-through-pain-goggles-and-you-refuse-my-visual-voice-305b8bd310fd

“A way of life that is not entirely unfortunate”: The peripheral cunning of chronic pain
Manivannan, V. (2017, August). Platform: A Journal of Media and Communication. Vol 8 (Issue 1) http://platformjmc.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/manivannan-august-2017.pdf

What we see when we digitize pain: The risk of valorizing image-based representations of fibromyalgia over body and bodily experience
Manivannan, V. (2017, May). Digital Health. http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/M9hxUB648dhQECmkFv5T/full


Manivannan, V. (2018, May 27). Computers & Writing. For high-knowledge threats: A placebo-controlled rhetorical trial to treat aca-trolls. George Mason University.

Manivannan, V. (2018, May 3). Robot Coda. Moderator. Asian American Writers' Workshop, New York, NY.

Manivannan, V. (2017, June 4). Computers & Writing. From digital activism to trolling (Town Hall). University of Findlay.

Manivannan, V. (2017, February 10). Association of Writers and Writing Programs. “I've never heard of that country”: Sri Lankan American writers on shaping an emerging literary identity. Washington DC.


Discourses around the ailing body, biomedical technologies intended to make chronic pain visible, and the ableist imperatives of academic style, as well as the rhetorics of health and medicine and post-truth rhetoric.


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


r.kv.r.y Literary Journal (Interview) [Internet], September2014
Interviewed by Mary Krienke about published creative nonfiction essay, "I Am Always in Transition When Disaster Strikes"

New York Times: Room for Debate [Newspaper], August202014
Invited contributor to special issue on trolling, author of "When 'trolling' becomes an umbrella term"

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