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ALG03, College Building

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
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Dr Dom Davies joined City as a Lecturer in English in April 2018. Prior to that, he was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford, where he also completed his DPhil.

His research focuses on the broad themes of colonial and postcolonial literature and culture; urban cultural studies and visual cultures of resistance; comics and graphic narratives; the relationship between urban infrastructure, the built environment and artistic and literary cultures. He is the author of a number of book chapters, articles, reviews and online pieces relating to these interests, and he welcomes applications from prospective PhD students interested in working on similar themes.

His first book, Imperial Infrastructure & Spatial Resistance in Colonial Literature, 1880-1930, was published by Peter Lang in 2017. His second book, Urban Comics: Infrastructure & the Global City in Contemporary Graphic Narratives, was published by Routledge in 2019.

He is the co-editor with Professor Elleke Boehmer, of Planned Violence: Post/Colonial Urban Infrastructure, Literature & Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), and with Drs Erica Lombard and Ben Mountford, of Fighting Words: Fifteen Books that Shaped the Postcolonial World (Peter Lang, 2017). He is also the co-editor with Dr Candida Rifkind of Documenting Trauma in Comics: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories and Graphic Reportage, which is forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan in 2019.

From 2014-2016, he was the facilitator of the Leverhulme-funded network, 'Planned Violence: Post/Colonial Urban Infrastructure & Literature', and from 2016-2017 of the British Council US-funded network, 'Divided Cities: Urban Infrastructure, Literature & Culture'. From 2016-2018 he convened the TORCH-funded Network, 'Comics & Graphic Novels: The Politics of Form', at the University of Oxford.

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  1. DPhil, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, Sep 2011 – Mar 2015
  2. MA Victorian Literature, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, Sep 2009 – Dec 2010
  3. BA English Language & Literature, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, Sep 2006 – Jul 2009


  1. Lecturer in English, City, University of London, Aug 2018 – present
  2. Research Associate, University of Oxford, Apr 2018 – present
  3. British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford, Sep 2015 – Mar 2018


Books (5)

  1. Davies, D. (2019). Urban Comics: Infrastructure & the Global City in Contemporary Graphic Narratives. Routledge.
  2. Davies, D. (Ed.), (2019). Documenting Trauma in Comics: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories & Graphic Reportage. Palgrave Macmillan.
  3. Boehmer, E. and Davies, D. (2018). Planned Violence Post/Colonial Urban Infrastructure, Literature and Culture. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-319-91387-2.
  4. Davies, D. (2017). Imperial Infrastructure and Spatial Resistance in Colonial Literature, 1880-1930. Peter Lang Limited, International Academic Publishers. ISBN 978-1-906165-88-8.
  5. Davies, D., Lombard, E. and Mountford, B. (2017). Fighting Words Fourteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World. Peter Lang Limited, International Academic Publishers. ISBN 978-1-906165-55-0.

Chapters (3)

  1. Davies, D. (2018). Postcolonial Comics: Representing the Subaltern. In Garsha, J.J. (Ed.), Critical Insights: Postcolonial Literature (pp. 3–22). Salem Press. ISBN 978-1-68217-559-0.
  2. (2017). Fighting Words. In Peter Lang UK.
  3. Davies, D. (2016). Resisting Neoliberalism from Mumbai's Margins: Occupying Literary and Urban Spaces in Aravind Adiga’s Last Man in Tower (2011). In Tickell, A. (Ed.), South-Asian Fiction in English: Contemporary Transformations (pp. 119–138). Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-40354-4.

Journal articles (14)

  1. Davies, D. (2019). Graphic Katrina: disaster capitalism, tourism gentrification and the affect economy in Josh Neufeld’s A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge (2009). Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics pp. 1–16. doi:10.1080/21504857.2019.1575256.
  2. Davies, D. (2019). Literary non-fiction and the neo-liberal city: Subalternity and urban governance in Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 55(1), pp. 94–107. doi:10.1080/17449855.2018.1496468.
  3. Davies, D. (2018). Urban comix: Subcultures, infrastructures and “the right to the city” in Delhi. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 54(3), pp. 411–430. doi:10.1080/17449855.2018.1461986.
  4. Davies, D. (2018). “Welcome to the New World”: Visual Culture, Comics and the Crisis of Liberal Multiculturalism. Albeit Journal, Special Issue: Listening to Refugees, 5(1).
  5. Davies, D. (2018). Contemporary diasporic South Asian women’s fiction: Gender, narration and globalization. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 54(1), pp. 135–136. doi:10.1080/17449855.2017.1363701.
  6. Davies, D. (2018). Performing Urban Violence: Protest Theatre and (Semi-)Public Space in London and Cape Town. Theatre Topics, 28(2), pp. 89–100. doi:10.1353/tt.2018.0018.
  7. Davies, D. (2017). Postcolonial literary geographies: Out of place. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 53(6), pp. 743–744. doi:10.1080/17449855.2017.1352562.
  8. Davies, D. and Evans, K. (2017). Comics Activism: An Interview with Comics Artist Kate Evans. The Comics Grid : Journal of Comics Scholarship, 8(1), pp. 18–18. doi:10.16995/cg.114.
  9. Davies, D. (2017). ‘Comics on the Main Street of Culture’: Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s From Hell (1999), Laura Oldfield Ford’s Savage Messiah (2011) and the politics of gentrification. Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, 4(3), pp. 333–360. doi:10.1386/jucs.4.3.333_1.
  10. Davies, D. (2017). “Walls of Freedom”: Street Art and Structural Violence in the Global City. Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, 9(2). doi:10.21659/rupkatha.v9n2.02.
  11. Davies, D. (2017). Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora. Edited by Yasir Suleiman. Journal of Refugee Studies, 30(1), pp. 147–149. doi:10.1093/jrs/fex002.
  12. Davies, D. (2015). A conversation with Elleke Boehmer. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 51(6), pp. 737–748. doi:10.1080/17449855.2015.1108926.
  13. Boehmer, E. and Davies, D. (2015). Literature, planning and infrastructure: Investigating the southern city through postcolonial texts. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 51(4), pp. 395–409. doi:10.1080/17449855.2015.1033813.
  14. Davies, D. (2015). Critiquing global capital and colonial (in)justice: Structural violence in Leonard Woolf’s The Village in the Jungle (1913) and Economic Imperialism (1920). The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, 50(1), pp. 45–58. doi:10.1177/0021989414555209.