Dr. David A. Davis
Associate Professor of English
Associate Director of the Spencer B. King, Jr., Center for Southern Studies
Director of National Fellowships and Scholarships
Originally from Butler, Georgia, Dr. David A. Davis attended Emory University (B.A. 1997) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2006).
He studies southern literature and culture, and he teaches courses in American literature and southern studies. He is the author of World War I and Southern Modernism (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2017), which won the Eudora Welty Prize. He has published more than 30 essays and review essays in African American Review, American Quarterly, Journal of American Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, Mosaic, Southern Quarterly, Southern Literary Journal, and other journals. He edited a reprint of Victor Daly’s novel Not Only War: A Story of Two Great Conflicts (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010) and a reprint of John L. Spivak’s novel Hard Times on a Southern Chain Gang: Originally Published as Georgia Nigger (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2012), and he co-edited Writing in the Kitchen: Essays on Southern Literature and Foodways with Tara Powell (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2014). He also edited a special issue of South: A Scholarly Journal, #southernsyllabus, on teaching and activism in southern studies. He is currently writing a book on sharecropping and southern literature and editing a special issue of Mississippi Quarterly on William Faulkner and World War I. He is chair of the Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature committee, faculty advisor to the Stamps Scholars Society, and editor of The Malcolm Lester Phi Beta Kappa Lectures on Liberal Arts and Public Life.