David Brion Davis

Sterling Professor of History Emeritus

Yale University

David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale. He is also Director Emeritus of Yale’s Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition. Professor Davis taught at Yale from 1970 to 2001. Before joining the faculty, he was also the Harmsworth Professor at Oxford University, and was later the holder of the first French-American Foundation Chair in American Civilization at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, after having taught at Cornell University for 14 years.

His books include Homicide in American Fiction (1957); The Problem of Slavery in Western Culture (1966); The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution (1975); Slavery and Human Progress (1984); Revolutions: American Equality and Foreign Liberations (1990); In the Image of God: Religion, Moral Values, and Our Heritage of Slavery (2001); Challenging the Boundaries of Slavery (2003); and Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World (2006). He writes frequently for The New York Review of Books.

His scholarship has been honored with the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award for History and Biography, the American Historical Association's Albert Beveridge Award, the Bancroft Prize, the Society of American Historians' Bruce Catton Prize for Lifetime Achievement, and many other awards.