Dr. David A. Davis
Professor of English
Associate Director of the Spencer B. King, Jr., Center for Southern Studies
Director of Fellowships and Scholarships
Dr. David A. Davis is director of Fellowships and Scholarships, professor of English, and associate director of the Spencer B. King, Jr. Center for Southern Studies. He 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 on American literature and southern studies. He is the author of World War I and Southern Modernism, which won the 2018 Eudora Welty Prize. He has published more than forty articles and book chapters, he edited reprints of Victor Daly’s novel Not Only War: A Story of Two Great Conflicts and John L. Spivak’s novel Hard Times on a Southern Chain Gang, and he co-edited Writing in the Kitchen: Essays on Southern Literature and Foodways with Tara Powell. He also edited a special issue of South: A Scholarly Journal on teaching and activism in southern studies and a special double issue of Mississippi Quarterly on William Faulkner and World War I. His book Driven to the Field: Sharecropping and Southern Literature is forthcoming. He is currently writing a book on food and biopower in southern literature and editing a collection of essays on cotton and modernity.
He is chair of the Thomas Robinson Prize for Southern Literature committee, faculty advisor to the Stamps Scholars Program, and editor of The Malcolm Lester Phi Beta Kappa Lectures on Liberal Arts and Public Life.