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

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

James Dawes teaches literature and human rights. He is the author of The Novel of Human Rights (Harvard University Press, 2018); 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 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

Selected Works in Macalester’s Digital Commons