Jack E. Davis

Curriculum Vitæ (brief)

Areas of Specialization:

U.S. Environmental History, Modern U.S., U.S. South, Florida History, Sustainability Studies.


1994 Ph.D. American History. Brandeis University.

Academic Employment:

Professor of History, University of Florida, August 2010-.

            Affiliated faculty, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, 2003-.

Associate Professor of History, University of Florida, Gainesville: August 2003-2010.

Fulbright Associate Professor, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan, 2002-2003.

Associate Professor of History and Director of Environmental Studies, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL: 2001-2003.

Assistant Professor of History and Director of Environmental Studies, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL: 1997-2001.

Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of History and American Studies, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL: June 1994-May 1997.


Gulf: The Making of an American Sea (under contract with Liveright/W.W. Norton).

An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (Environmental History and the American South Series: University of Georgia Press, 2009, paperback 2011). (Florida Book Awards Gold Medal winner)

Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez since 1930 (Louisiana State University Press, 2001, paperback 2004). (Charles S. Sydnor Award winner)

 Co-editor, with Raymond Arsenault, Paradise Lost? The History of Florida Environmental (University Press of Florida, 2005) author of introduction and two essays.

 Co-editor, with Kari Frederickson, Making Waves: Female Activists in Twentieth-Century Florida (University Press of Florida, 2003) sole author of introduction and one essay.

Editor, The Wide Brim: Early Poems and Ponderings of Marjory Stoneman Douglas (University Press of Florida, 2002).

Editor, The Civil Rights Movement (Blackwell Publishers, 2000).

Peer-reviewed Book Chapters and Articles (selected):

“Florida by Nature: A Survey of Extra-Human Historical Agency,” The New History of Florida, Michael Gannon ed. (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013).

“Sharp Prose for Green: John D. MacDonald and the First Ecological Novel,” Florida Historical Quarterly 87 (Spring 2009): 484-508. 

“'Conservation is Now a Dead Word': Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Transformation of American Environmentalism,” Environmental History 8 (January 2003): 53-76.  

“New Left, Revisionist, In-Your-Face History: Oliver Stone's Born on the Fourth of July Experience,” Oliver Stone's USA: Film, History, and Controversy, Robert Brent Toplin ed. (University Press of Kansas, 2000), 135-48. 

“Green Awakening: Social Activism and the Evolution of Marjory Stoneman Douglas's Environmental Consciousness,” The Florida Historical Quarterly 80 (October 2001): 43-77. 

“The Struggle for Public History: Black and White Claims to Natchez's Past,”  The Public Historian 22 (Winter 2000): 45-63.  

“Baseball's Reluctant Challenge: Desegregating Major League Spring Training Sites, 1960-1963,”  The Journal of Sport History 20 (Fall 1992): 144-62.  

Honors, Grants, and Awards (selected):

MacDowell Colony residential fellowship, May 2014.

Florida Book Award Honoree, Florida’s Eden, Gainesville, FL, April 22, 2013.

Seaside Institute writer-in-residence fellowship, January 2013.

Charlie Award (1st place), Florida Magazine Association, best feature writing for "An Ancient Power Central to Our Lives: The History and Mystery of the Gulf of Mexico," Forum 35 (February/March 2011).

Charlie Award (1st  place), Florida Magazine Association, best in-depth reporting for "An Ancient Power Central to Our Lives: The History and Mystery of the Gulf of Mexico,"  Forum 35 (February/March 2011).

Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Grant, fall 2011.

Florida Book Awards (Florida Division of Cultural Affairs), Gold Medal winner, best non-fiction book of 2009.

Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professor, 2009-2010.

Southern Association of American Letters, honored scholar 2006.

J. William Fulbright Scholar Award, 2002-2003 (University of Jordan).

Charles S. Sydnor Award, Southern Historical Association, distinguished book in southern history published in 2001, for Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930.