De Witt Wallace Professor of English
American literature; countercultures; human rights; literary and language theory; violence and trauma; literature and philosophy.
Old Main, 200
James Dawes teaches literature and human rights. He is the author of Evil Men (Harvard University Press, 2013), winner of the International Human Rights Book Award; That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity (Harvard University Press, 2007), Independent Publisher Book Award Finalist; and The Language of War (Harvard University Press, 2002). 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 CNN.com. 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.
In the News
- Graphic Violence: When Is It Ethical to look?
Australian Broadcasting Corporation RN (Apr. 9, 2015)
- Are We Prepared to Bear the Moral Paradox of Evil? - James Dawes
Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Sept. 5, 2014)
- Can We Forgive War Criminals? - James Dawes
TTBOOK interview - Wisconin Public Radio (Sept. 13, 2013)
- ‘Evil Men’ by James Dawes
The Washington Post (Aug. 9, 2013)
- Understanding Evil
The Chronicle of Higher Education (July 1, 2013)
- Evil Men: James Dawes
CBC Radio's The Current (June 6, 2013)
- Speaking of Evil
The Brooklyn Rail (June 3, 2013)
- Is Empathy Bad?
Harvard University Press Blog (June 3, 2013)
- Appearance on Moncrieff
Newstalk Ireland (May 31, 2013)
- Evil Men by James Dawes
Times Higher Education (May 30, 2013)
- Why a man eats another man’s heart
CNN Opinion (May 15, 2013)
- Any good from evil?
WNYC Radio - The Brian Lehrer Show (May 13, 2013)
- James Dawes describes the complexity of war criminals in 'Evil Men’
MinnPost (May 1, 2013)
- Book pick: 'Evil Men' by James Dawes
Minnesota Public Radio (April 30, 2013)
- "Conversations with evil men"
This article about the book Evil Men appeared in the Boston Globe (April 28, 2013)
- Book Review: Evil Men
South China Morning Post (April 21, 2013)
Digital Student Projects
Areas of Study
- American literature
- Human rights
- Literary and language theory
- Violence and trauma
- Literature and philosophy
2015-2016 On Sabbatical