Jack E. Davis

Jack E. Davis, photo by Sonya Rudenstine

Jack E. Davis is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and a 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 2002-03, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jordan in Amman. He has had fellowships at Escape to Create in Seaside, Florida, and McDowell in Peterborough, New Hampshire, 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.” The Gulf 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 his 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 Editor’s 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 Smithsonian. He divides his time between Gainesville, Florida, and Harrisville, New Hampshire.