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Ashley Dawson


Ashley Dawson is Professor of Postcolonial Studies in the English Department at the College of Staten Island and at the Graduate Center / City University of New York. His latest books include People’s Power: Reclaiming the Energy Commons (O/R, 2020), Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change (Verso, 2017), and Extinction: A Radical History (O/R, 2016). An anti-pipeline activist with the No North Brooklyn Pipeline campaign, a member of Public Power NY, and the founder of the CUNY Climate Action Lab, he is a long-time climate justice activist. He is currently at work on a book entitled Environmentalism from Below, and is co-editing a volume called Decolonize Conservation! 


BA, University of the South

MA, University of Virginia

PhD, Columbia University

Scholarship and 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.

Ashley Dawson

Contact Information

Office: Building 2S Room 218
Fax: 718.982.3643