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Joshua Clark DavisJosh davis

assistant professor
Division of Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies

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Phone: 410.837.5978 

Ph.D., M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Joshua Clark Davis' website

Joshua Clark Davis teaches and researches broadly in twentieth-century United States history, with a particular interest in capitalism, social movements, urban history, and African American history. His forthcoming book,  From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs (Columbia University Press, 2017) examines how a range of small businesses--including natural foods stores, head shops, feminist businesses, and African American booksellers--emerged out of social movements and countercultures in the 1960s and '70s. His writing has appeared in Black Perspectives, Southern CulturesCarolina Soul, and the Huffington Post.

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.