DeWitt Wallace Professor of English
Narrative across the disciplines.

Old Main, 200

The Novel of Human Rights by James DawesEvil Men by James DawesThat the World May Know by James Dawes

James Dawes teaches narrative across the disciplines. His research and courses focus on the ethics and aesthetics of storytelling in fields ranging from creative writing and video game design to international human rights advocacy.  He is the author of several books, including Evil Men, winner of the International Human Rights Book Award, and That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity, Independent Publisher Book Award Finalist. He has written for or appeared as the feature guest on media outlets ranging from National Public Radio, the BBC, and Bulgarian National Radio to the Boston Globe, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and He was a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Harvard University and his M. Phil. from Cambridge University.

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Digital Student Projects

Areas of Study

  • American literature
  • Countercultures
  • Human rights
  • Literary and language theory
  • Violence and trauma
  • Literature and Philosophy

 Fall 2023 Courses 

  • ENGL 137-01 Novel
  • ENGL 150-01 Introduction to Creative Writing

Spring 2024 Courses

  • ENGL 224-01 Video Games: Coding and Narrative
  • ENGL 265-01 Literature and Human Rights
  • ENGL 294-01 Dickinson

Selected Works in Macalester’s Digital Commons