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Jack E. Davis

Jack E. Davis, photo by Sonya Rudenstine
Jack E. Davis, photo by Sonya Rudenstine

Jack E. Davis is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a distinguished professor of history and the Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities at the University of Florida, where he has taught for twenty years. After earning a doctorate degree in history from Brandeis University in 1994, he taught at Eckerd College and the University of Alabama at Birmingham before moving to the University of Florida.

From 2002 to 2003, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jordan in Amman. He has had fellowships at Escape to Create and McDowell, where he worked on his book The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, which won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in history and the Kirkus Prize in nonfiction. The New York Times Book Review described The Gulf as a “beautiful homage to a neglected sea.” It was a New York Times Notable Book for 2017 and made several “best of” lists for the year, including those of the Washington Post, NPR, Forbes, and the Tampa Bay Times.

In 2019, Davis was one of thirty-two recipients nationwide of an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, awarded to support the writing of The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird. Published by Liveright in 2022, the book was chosen as a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Los Angeles Times top-five nonfiction book of 2022, an Amazon Best Book of 2022, and an Apple Best Books of 2022.

Davis is the author or editor of ten books, including the award-winning An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. He has written for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Tampa Bay Times, Orion, and the Smithsonian. He divides his time between Gainesville, Florida, and Harrisville, New Hampshire.


selected bibliography

The Bald Eagle by Jack E. Davis
The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird (2022)
The Wilder Heart of Florida by Jack E. Davis
The Wilder Heart of Florida: More Writers Inspired by Florida Nature (Editor) (2021)
The Gulf by Jack E. Davis
The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea (2017)
An Everglades Providence by Jack E. Davis
An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century (2009)

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online resources

Jack E. Davis’s University of Florida webpage

Video: Author Talk: Davis on PBS Books