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Ashley Dawson
Position: Professor, College of Staten Island. English
Campus Affiliation: College of Staten Island
Office Hours: On leave, please contact via email.
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Columbia University
Research Interests: Post-colonial literature and theory, cultural studies, contemporary British literature
Theory Group Field Specialization: Feminist Theory and Women's Writings|Gay/Lesbian/Queer Literature and Theory|Literary History, Criticism, and Theory|Postcolonial Literature and Theory
Chronological Period Specialization: Twentieth-Century Literature

My fields of specialization are cultural studies and postcolonial studies. Areas of interest of mine include the experience and literature of migration, including movement from colonial and postcolonial nations to the former imperial center (Britain in particular) and from rural areas to mega-cities of the global South such as Lagos and Mumbai. I have also worked recently on contemporary discourses of U.S. imperialism, on the rhizomatic organizing forms of the global justice movement, and on emerging global discourses of environmental governance.

I am co-editor of Social Text online.

For more information, including an archive of all my publications, please consult my personal website.

Selected Publications:

  • Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain (University of Michigan Press, 2007)

  • Exceptional State: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the New Imperialism. Co-editor with Malini Johar Schueller (Duke University Press, 2007)

  • Dangerous Professors: Academic Freedom and the National Security Campus. Co-editor with Malini Johar Schueller (University of Michigan Press, 2009)

  • Democracy, States and the Struggle for Global Justice. Co-editor with Omar Dahbour, Heather Gautney, and Neil Smith (Routledge, 2009)

  • Guest Editor, special issue on "Imperial Ecologies," new formations 69 (Autumn, 2010).

  • "Climate Justice: The Emerging Movement Against Green Capitalism," South Atlantic Quarterly 109.2 (Spring 2010), 313-338.

  • "Cargo Culture: Literature in an Age of Mass Displacement," Women's Studies Quarterly 38.1/2 (Spring/Summer 2010).

  • "Environment," Social Text 100 (Fall 2009).

  • "The People You Don't See: Immigration and Gender in Monica Ali's Brick Lane," ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature 40.1 (January 2009): 124-141.

  • "Surplus City: Self-Fashioning, Structural Adjustment, and Urban Insurrection in Chris Abani's Graceland," Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 11.1 (2009): 16-34.

  • "The Rise of the Black Internationale: Anti-Imperialist Activism and Aesthetics in Britain during the 1930s," Atlantic Studies (2009).