Tania Rachel James

Tania Rachel James

Tania Rachel James

Associate Professor


Tania James is the author of the novel The Tusk That Did the Damage (Knopf, 2015), Aerogrammes and Other Stories (Knopf, 2012), and the novel Atlas of Unknowns (Knopf 2009). Tusk was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and named a Best Book of 2015 by The San Francisco Chronicle and NPR, and was shortlisted for the International Dylan Thomas Prize and longlisted for the Financial Times Oppenheimer Award. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Oxford American, Granta, Kenyon Review, One Story, and A Public Space. She has received fellowships from the Ragdale Foundation, the Macdowell Colony, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, and the Fulbright Program.




Selected Publications

The Tusk That Did The Damage. New York: Vintage Books, 2015

Aerogrammes: and Other Stories. New York: Knopf, 2012

Atlas of Unknowns. New York: Vintage, 2009

Expanded Publication List

“The South Asian Association Presents Archaeologist and Adventurer Indiana Jones.” The New Yorker. August 27, 2020 (short story)

"Medusa.Oxford American. March 2018 (short story)

"Spelling Out the End." New York Times. May 28, 2012 (op-ed)

"Voices in the Night." New York Times. May 15, 2015 (book review of Steven Millhauser's Voices in the Night)

"The Scriptological Review." A Public Space, issue 15 (short story)

"The Gulf." Boston Review, March 1, 2012 (short story)


M.F.A. in Fiction Writing, Columbia University School of the Arts, 2005.

B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies (filmmaking), Harvard University, 1999.



In the Media

Radio Interview with Kojo Nnamdi on NPR's Kojo Nnamdi Show

Radio Interview with Scott Simon on NPR’s Weekend Edition

LA Times Interview about The Tusk That Did the Damage

Granta Interview about "Lion and Panther in London"