UCL Institute of the Americas


Dr Gareth Davies: New Professor of American History at UCL Americas

23 January 2020

UCL is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Gareth Davies as Professor of American History at the Institute of the Americas

Gareth Davies

Gareth Davies will be joining the Institute from St. Anne's College, Oxford, where he currently lectures in the history of the United States. Before that, he taught at Lancaster University and the University of Manchester. Gareth is an environmental and political historian, with particular interests in the history of social reform, the growth of the State, and--most recently--the history of U.S. responses to disasters.

His first two monographs investigated the political legacy of the 1960s.  The first of them, From Opportunity to Entitlement: The Transformation and Decline of American Liberalism, 1964-1972 (1996), was awarded the Organization of American Historians' inaugural Ellis W. Hawley book prize, given for the best book in U.S. political history and political economy.  The second, From Opportunity to Entitlement: The Politics of Education from Johnson to Reagan (2007), won the Richard Neustadt book prize, awarded by the Political Studies Association's American Political Group for the best book in U.S. government or politics.  His third book, nearing completion, examines the evolution of American responses to natural disaster since the 18th century.

In addition to his monographs, Gareth Davies has also edited two further books, one of which is concerned with the Reagan Presidency, and the other with the history of U.S. presidential elections.  He has published widely in leading history and political science journals, including the Journal of American History, Political Science Quarterly, and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

We warmly welcome Gareth and look forward to his valuable contribution to the Institute.