James Dawes

James Dawes

De Witt Wallace Professor of English
American literature; countercultures; human rights; literary and language theory; violence and trauma; literature and philosophy.

Old Main, 200
Telephone: 651-696-6809

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James Dawes teaches US literature. He is the author of Evil Men (Harvard University Press, 2013), That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity (Harvard University Press, 2007), and The Language of War (Harvard University Press, 2002). He has appeared as the feature guest on radio and newspaper interviews ranging National Public Radio and the BBC to The Los Angeles Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is the founder of the Program in Human Rights and Humanitarianism at Macalester College. He was a Junior Fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, from 1998-2001, a member of the Editorial Board of American Literature(2007-2009), and an ACLS Faculty Fellow (2004-2005). 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

2013-2014 Courses

  • Studies in Literature: Human Rights and the Humanities (FYC), Fall
  • Justice (265-01), Fall
  • Science Fiction: From Matrix Baby Cannibals to Brave New Worlds (260-01), Spring
  • Angels and Demons of the American Renaissance, 1835-1880 (277-01), Spring
  • Writing Human Rights (394-03, Cross-listed with ANTH 394-01), Spring

Selected Works in Macalester's Digital Commons