Professor Jack E. Davis received his Ph.D. in 1994 at Brandeis University. He works with students whose interests lie in southern, civil rights, and environmental history. Before joining the University of Florida faculty, he taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (where he was director of environmental studies), the University of Jordan (where he was a Fulbright scholar), and Eckerd College.
In 2004, he launched the departmentís student journal, Alpata: A Journal of History, and remains its faculty advisor. His Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930 won the Charles S. Sydnor Prize for the best book in southern history published in 2001. His latest book, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (2009), received the gold medal in the nonfiction category of the Florida Book Awards.
In addition to examining Douglasís eighty-year relationship with the Everglades, the book explores nature as a historical agent in south Florida life, the feminization of nature protection, and the evolution of the science of ecology and its influence in environmental awareness. He has edited three anthologies (on the civil rights movement, female activism in Florida, and Florida environmental history) and a collection of writings by Marjory Stoneman Douglas. He is currently exploring the life of the late American writer Philip Wylie and (separately) the environmental history of the Gulf of Mexico.