Joshua Clark Davis
Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies
director, B.A. in History program
Ph.D., M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Joshua Clark Davis' website
I teach and research broadly in twentieth-century United States history, with a focus on capitalism, social movements, poplar culture, urban history, and African American history. My book, From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs (Columbia University Press, 2017) explores how small businesses such as organic food stores, head shops, feminist businesses, and African American bookstores emerged from social movements and countercultures in the 1960s and '70s. Forerunners of today's social entrepreneurs, these companies sought to democratize American business while advancing political liberation and cultural transformation.
My research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Scholar Program. I've written for Jacobin, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic , and my work has been featured in Time , Slate, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer , and USA Today .
I am also a devoted public historian with a deep interest in working with communities beyond universities. I serve on the advisory board of the Baltimore Uprising 2015 Archive Project and as a research associate for the Library of Congress’s Radio Preservation Task Force. I also co-direct "Media and the Movement," a NEH-funded oral history and radio digitization project on activists of the Civil Rights and Black Power era who worked in media.