Joshua Clark Davis
Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies
Ph.D., M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
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Joshua Clark Davis teaches and researches broadly in twentieth-century United States history, with a focus on capitalism, social movements, urban history, and African American history. His book, From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs (Columbia University Press, 2017) examines how small businesses such as natural foods stores, head shops, feminist businesses, and African American booksellers emerged out of social movements and countercultures in the 1960s and ‘70s with the goal of advancing justice and equality in the marketplace. Josh's writing has appeared in the Washington Post, Slate, Jacobin, and Black Perspectives, and his research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Joshua is also a devoted public historian with a deep interest in working with communities beyond universities. He serves 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. He also co-directs "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.