Originally from Butler, Georgia, David A. Davis attended Emory University (B.A. 1997) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. 2006). He taught at Wake Forest University before coming to Mercer in 2008.
He studies southern literature and culture, and he teaches courses in American literature and southern studies. He has published essays and review essays in African American Review, American Quarterly, Journal of American Studies, Mississippi Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, Mosaic, Southern Quarterly, Southern Literary Journal, and other journals. He edited a reprint of Victor Daly's novel Not Only War: A Story of Two Great Conflicts (Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2010) and a reprint of John L. Spivak's novel Hard Times on a Southern Chain Gang: Originally Published as Georgia Nigger (Columbia: U of South Carolina P, 2012). He co-edited Writing in the Kitchen: Essays on Southern Literature and Foodways with Tara Powell (Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 2014). Currently, he is writing books on World War I and southern modernism and on sharecropping and southern literature. He is chair of the Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature committee.
He lives in Macon with his wife, Kris; two sons, Lucas and Ayden; and three mutts.