Andrew Dean grew up in Ashburton, attended Christchurch Boys’ High, and went on to study Chinese and English Literature at the University of Canterbury. He graduated with First Class Honours in 2010, and in 2011 won the Journal of New Zealand Literature essay prize for a piece on Janet Frame.
Following the Christchurch earthquake, Dean spent several months in China, where he had earlier been a delegate for the Christchurch City Council in its sister cities programme. He then returned to Christchurch to work for UC Ceismic, the University of Canterbury’s earthquake archive.
Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, Dean travelled to the UK in September 2012 to undertake postgraduate study in English Literature at the University of Oxford. His doctoral research focuses on works by Janet Frame, J. M. Coetzee and Philip Roth. When not scouring literary archives, Dean opens the batting for his college cricket team.
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