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Dr Dominic Davies

Senior Lecturer in English

School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of English

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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 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in August 2020. He teaches across the BA in English as well as the department's new MA in English. He is committed to teaching English Literature in a way that is politically informed, socially inclusive, and critically generative.

Dom's research focuses on the broad themes of colonial, postcolonial, and world literature, imperial and post-imperial cultures, and critical race studies. He has also published in the field of urban cultural studies and written about visual responses to migration and refugees, especially in comics and graphic narratives. More generally, his research focuses on the relationship between infrastructures, borders, urban planning, the built environment, and literary and cultural narratives. He welcomes applications from prospective PhD students interested in working on any of these or similar themes.

Dom represents the School of Arts and Social Sciences on City's Race and Equality Charter Self-Assessment Team. He also sits as Co-Chair on the Student Attainment Working Group. He is the English Department's Senior Tutor for Learning, as well as the Careers and Events Officer.

Dom is the author of a number of book chapters, articles, reviews and online pieces. 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.

Dom 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). Most recently, he is the co-editor with Professor Candida Rifkind of a collection of essays and artworks, Documenting Trauma in Comics: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories and Graphic Reportage (Palgrave Macmillan 2020).

Dom holds a DPhil and British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Oxford, and is committed to interdisciplinary teaching and research. He has facilitated and convened a number of international research projects, networks and conferences. He is always happy to hear from people with similar research interests, prospective PhD students, and those interested in collaborating on future projects.


  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. and RIfkind, C. (Eds.), (2020). Documenting Trauma in Comics: Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories & Graphic Reportage. Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-030-37997-1.
  2. Davies, D. (2019). Urban Comics: Infrastructure & the Global City in Contemporary Graphic Narratives. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-48358-3.
  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 UK.
  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 (16)

  1. Davies, D. (2020). Urban Comix: Subcultures, Infrastructures and “the Right to the City” in Delhi. Delhi: New Literatures of the Megacity Routledge. ISBN 978-0-367-36339-0.
  2. Davies, D. (2020). Crossing borders, bridging boundaries: Reconstructing the rights of the refugee in comics. Refuge in a Moving World Tracing Refugee and Migrant Journeys Across Disciplines ISBN 978-1-78735-319-0.
  3. Davies, D. (2020). Introduction: Documenting Trauma in Comics. Documenting Trauma in Comics Traumatic Pasts, Embodied Histories, and Graphic Reportage Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-030-37997-1.
  4. Davies, D. (2019). Rudyard Kipling and the networks of empire. In Varma, P. and Pradhan, A. (Eds.), Kipling and Yeats at 150
    (pp. 192–210). New Delhi, India: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-34390-0.
  5. Boehmer, E. and Davies, D. (2018). Planned Violence: Post/Colonial Urban Infrastructures, Literature and Culture. Planned Violence (pp. 1–25). Springer International Publishing. ISBN 978-3-319-91387-2.
  6. 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.
  7. Davies, D., Lombard, E. and Mountford, B. (2017). Introduction. Fighting Words: Books and the Making of the Postcolonial World. Fighting Words Fourteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World Peter Lang Limited, International Academic Publishers. ISBN 978-1-906165-55-0.
  8. Davies, D. (2017). From Communism to Postcapitalism: Marx and Engels’ The Communist Manifesto. Fighting Words Fourteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World Peter Lang Limited, International Academic Publishers. ISBN 978-1-906165-55-0.
  9. (2017). Fighting Words. In Peter Lang UK.
  10. Davies, D. (2016). Resistance. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3498-2.
  11. Davies, D. (2016). Rudyard Kipling. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3498-2.
  12. Davies, D. (2016). Sol T. Plaatje. The Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-4443-3498-2.
  13. Davies, D. (2016). Occupying Literary and Urban Space: Adiga, Authenticity, and the Politics of Socio-economic Critique. South-Asian Fiction in English Contemporary Transformations Springer. ISBN 978-1-137-40354-4.
  14. 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.
  15. Davies, D. Infrastructural Violence. Contexts of Violence in Comics New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-48450-4.
  16. Davies, D. and Boehmer, E. Postcolonialism and South-South Relations. The Routledge Handbook of South-South Relations Routledge. ISBN 978-1-138-65200-2.

Journal articles (20)

  1. Davies, D. (2020). Terrestrial Humanism and the Weight of World Literature: Reading Esi Edugyan’s Washington Black. The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry pp. 1–23. doi:10.1017/pli.2020.23.
  2. Menga, F. and Davies, D. (2020). Apocalypse yesterday: Posthumanism and comics in the Anthropocene. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, 3(3), pp. 663–687. doi:10.1177/2514848619883468.
  3. Davies, D. (2020). 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, 11(3), pp. 325–340. doi:10.1080/21504857.2019.1575256.
  4. Davies, D. (2020). Dreamlands, Border Zones, and Spaces of Exception: Comics and Graphic Narratives on the US-Mexico Border. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, 35(2), pp. 383–403. doi:10.1080/08989575.2020.1741187.
  5. Davies, D. (2020). Concrete stories, decomposing fictions: Body parts and body politics in Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad. Interventions. doi:10.1080/1369801X.2020.1816851.
  6. Davies, D. (2019). Braided geographies: bordered forms and cross-border formations in refugee comics. Journal for Cultural Research, 23(2), pp. 124–143. doi:10.1080/14797585.2019.1665892.
  7. Davies, D. (2019). Literary non-fiction and the neo-liberal city: Subalternity and urban governance in Katherine Boo’sBehind the Beautiful Forevers. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 55(1), pp. 94–107. doi:10.1080/17449855.2018.1496468.
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Davies, D. (2017). Comics Activism: An Interview with Comics Artist and Activist Kate Evans. The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 7(1). doi:10.16995/cg.114.
  13. Davies, D. (2017). Postcolonial literary geographies: Out of place. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 53(6), pp. 743–744. doi:10.1080/17449855.2017.1352562.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Davies, D. (2017). A Review of Threadbare: Clothes, Sex and
    The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship, 7(0), pp. 7–7. doi:10.16995/cg.110.
  17. 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.
  18. Davies, D. (2015). A conversation with Elleke Boehmer. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 51(6), pp. 737–748. doi:10.1080/17449855.2015.1108926.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.