Colin Dayan

Colin Dayan is Robert Penn Warren Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University. Her recent books include The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake PersonsThe Story of Cruel and Unusual, and, most recently, With Dogs at the Edge of Life. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


  • How to Remember My Mother

    How to Remember My Mother

    This piece will appear in the LARB Print Quarterly Journal: No. 15,  Revolution Become a member to receive the LARB Quarterly Journal I SAW SOMETHING on my left cheek. I thought it was a scab. I pulled it off. It was ...

  • Goring Beauty

    Goring Beauty

    Over 50 years later, more than half a century, I look at the pictures. Out of boxes and other wooden and steel containers, and buried deep under other albums, come these relics of a honeymoon....

  • Throw Away Your Mind

    Throw Away Your Mind

    Colin Dayan writes about detachment in academic writing, writers on the edge, and Malcolm Lowry’s "Under the Volcano."...

    • The Boycott Effect

      The Boycott Effect

      This is one of eight essays we published today on "Academic Activism: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Ethics of Boycott." Click here to read the others.    The term occupation is correct […]. We’re in occupied territory. […] But I’m in an ...