Much of Dr. Dawson’s work hinges on the experience and literature of migration, including movement from postcolonial nations such as Jamaica and Nigeria to the former imperial center and from rural areas to mega-cities of the global South like Lagos and Mumbai.  He has also worked recently on global media cultures and on contemporary discourses of U.S. imperialism.  At present Professor Dawson is at work on a book on urban culture and imperialism and on a history of twentieth-century British literature.  He is currently web co-editor of the journal Social Text (  He blogs at


BA, University of the South

MA, University of Virginia

PhD, Columbia University

Scholarship / Publications

•  Mongrel Nation: Diasporic Culture and the Making of Postcolonial Britain (Michigan, 2007)
•  Co-editor, Democracy, the State, and the Struggle for Global Justice (Routledge, 2009)
•  Co-editor,  Dangerous Professors: Academic Freedom and the National Security Campus (Michigan,  2009)
•  Co-editor, Exceptional State: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the New Imperialism (Duke, 2007)
•  Editor, “Imperial Ecologies,” new formations 69 (2010)
•  Co-Editor, “The Perils of Academic Freedom,” Social Text 90 (Summer 2007).
•  Co-Editor, “Global Cities of the South,” Social Text 81 (Winter 2004).
•  Dr. Dawson has published articles in journals such as African Studies Review, Atlantic Studies, Cultural Critique, Interventions, Jouvert, Postcolonial Studies, Postmodern Culture, Screen, Small Axe, and Social Text.