Joshua Clark Davis



ABOUT

Joshua Clark Davis

Joshua Clark Davis is an assistant professor of United States history at the University of Baltimore focusing on social movements, policing, capitalism, and African American history. As a public historian, he works to increase access to history outside the classroom.

His book, From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs, explores how small businesses such as organic food stores, head shops, feminist businesses, and African American bookstores emerged from social movements and countercultures in the 1960s and ’70s. Forerunners of today’s social entrepreneurs, these companies sought to democratize American business while advancing political liberation and cultural transformation.

He is also a co-editor of the essay collection Baltimore Revisited: Stories of Inequality and Resistance in a U.S. City. His research has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Scholar Program. He has written for The Washington Post, Slate, Jacobin, and The Atlantic, and his work has been featured in Time, Slate, Chronicle of Higher Education, The Philadelphia Inquirer, USA Today, and The Nation.