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About James Dawes

Dawes teaches American literature. His latest book, That the World May Know - Bearing Witness to Atrocity, tells the powerful and moving story of the successes and failures of the modern human rights movement. Drawing on firsthand accounts from fieldworkers around the world, the book gives a painfully clear picture of the human cost of confronting inhumanity in our day.
An earlier book, The Language of War, explores U.S. literature and culture from the Civil War through World War II, examining how the violence of war affects literary, legal and philosophical representations and how those representations affect violence.
Dawes has also published articles on a variety of subjects including human rights law, literature and medical studies, Shakespeare, gender and sexuality.
EDUCATION: B.A., University of Pennsylvania
M.Phil, University of Cambridge, Kings College, England
M.A., Ph.D., Harvard University
Jr. Fellow, Society of Fellows, Harvard University
Dawes has been teaching at Macalester since 2001.


Present DeWitt Wallace Professor of English, Macalester College

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Honors and Awards

  • American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Junior Faculty Fellow
  • Lilly Fellow, Macalester College (received Lilly Course Development Award, Fall 2001)
  • William F. Milton Fund Recipient, 2001 (a $24,000 research grant from the Harvard Medical School to fund research in language theory)

Contact Information

Macalester College
Old Main 206
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 696-6809


Journal Articles (12)

Books (3)

Contributions to Books (8)

Book Reviews (13)