B.A. Washington University (1992); Ph.D. Harvard (1998). Nicholas Dames is a specialist in the history and theory of the novel, with particular attention to the novel in Britain and on the European continent since the early nineteenth century. His scholarship and public-facing criticism are primarily directed toward questions of temporality in fictional form, the novel’s place in the history of reading, and the political and aesthetic afterlives of realist fiction since WWII.
Dames has been a recipient of Columbia's Presidential Teaching Award (2005), a Charles Ryskamp Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (2005-6), the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award (2008), and the Mark Van Doren Award for Teaching (2013). In 2009 he served as Chair of the MLA's Executive Division on Prose Fiction, and from 2011-2014 he was Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature.