Dave’s vita

The basics

David Randall Davies
Professor and Director
School of Mass Communication & Journalism
University of Southern Mississippi
Box 5121, Hattiesburg, MS 39406
601-266-4258 office
601-266-6473 fax

Professional experience

  • August 2014-present: Professor and Director (Interim, 2014-2016), School of Mass Communication & Journalism, University of Southern Mississippi.
  • September 2013-present: Director, British Studies Program, University of Southern Mississippi.
  • August 2007-June 2014: Dean and Professor, Honors College, University of Southern Mississippi.
  • January 2006-June 2007: Associate dean, College of Arts & Letters, University of Southern Mississippi.
  • August 2004-August 2005: Interim Director, School of Mass Communication & Journalism, University of Southern Mississippi.
  • May 1998-June 2007: Associate professor of journalism, University of Southern Mississippi.
  • August 1998-August 2001: Chair, Journalism Department, University of Southern Mississippi. (Interim chair, 1998-99)
  • Aug. 1991-May 1998: Assistant professor of journalism, University of Southern Mississippi.
  • Aug. 1993-Dec. 1994: Lecturer, University of Alabama.
  • Sept. 1990-Aug. 1991: Lecturer, Ohio State University and Ohio Wesleyan University.
  • June 1985-Aug. 1989: Education reporter, Arkansas Gazette, Little Rock.
  • Aug. 1983-June 1985: Federal beat reporter, Arkansas Democrat, Little Rock.
  • Dec. 1982-Aug. 1983: Assistant news director, KARN Radio, Arkansas Radio Network, Little Rock.
  • Nov. 1980-Aug. 1982: General assignment reporter, Northwest Arkansas Times, Fayetteville.
  • May 1979-Nov. 1980: News director, KHOG-AM, Fayetteville.

Education

Ph.D., 1997, mass communication (emphasis in media history), University of Alabama.
M.A., 1990, journalism, Ohio State University. Fellow, Kiplinger Reporting Program.
M.S., 1999, history, University of Southern Mississippi.
B.A., 1979, French, broadcast journalism, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Selected scholarly publications

Books

  • Series co-editor (with Pamela Parry, Southeast Missouri State University), Women in American Political History, book series published by Lexington Books, with four books published to date and six books to be published in coming years. The books published so far are:
    • Teri Finneman, Press Portrayals of Women Politicians, 1870s-2000s: From “Lunatic” Woodhull to “Polarizing” Palin, Lexington Books, New York, 2015.
    • Linda Van Ingen, Gendered Politics: Campaign Strategies of California Women Candidates, 1912-1970, Lexington Books, New York, 2017.
    • Maurine H. Beasley, Ruby A. Black: Eleanor Roosevelt, Puerto Rico, and Political Journalism in Washington, Lexington Books, New York, 2017.
    • Kimberly Wilmot Voss, Women Politicking Politely: Advancing Feminism in the 1960s and 1970s, Lexington Books, New York, 2017.
  • David R. Davies, The Postwar Decline of America’s Daily Newspapers, 1945-1965, Praeger, Westport, Conn., 2006.
  • David R. Davies, ed., The Press and Race: Mississippi Journalists Confront the Movement, University Press of Mississippi, Jackson, May 2001.

Articles

Louie the Cat with yours truly. (Art by Kenn Minter)

  • David R. Davies and Cassie Rodenberg, “The Case of Ethics in Immersion Journalism: The White Noise,” in Lee Anne Peck and Guy S. Reel, Media Ethics at Work (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 2017), 152-161.
  • David R. Davies, “The Media in Transition,” in Wm. David Sloan, ed., The Media in America: A History, 10th ed. (Northport, Ala.: Vision Press, 2017), 467-492.
  • David R. Davies, Therese Lueck, James McPherson, and Donna Stephens, “Historical Roundtable: Challenges in Studying Recent History,” Historiography in Mass Communication 2, no. 4 (2016): 13-26. http://bit.ly/drd2016-1.
  • David R. Davies, “Bibliographies and Literature Reviews,” in Shuhua Zhou and Wm. David Sloan, Research Methods in Communication ( Tuscaloosa, Ala.: Vision Press, 2008), 77-87.
  • David R. Davies, “Beat reporting and community news,” in Bruce J. Evensen, ed., The responsible reporter: Journalism in the information age, 3d ed. ( New York: Peter Lang, 2008), 97-103.
  • ________, “The Challenges of Civil Rights and Joseph McCarthy,” in Steven R. Knowlton & Karen L. Freeman, Fair & Balanced: A History of Journalistic Objectivity (Vision Press, Northport, Ala., 2005), 206-220.
  • David R. Davies, “From Ridicule to Respect, Newspapers’ Reaction to Television, 1948-1960,” American Journalism 15 (Fall 1998): 17-33.
  • ________, “The Contemporary Newspaper, 1945-Present,” in Wm. David Sloan, The Age of Mass Communication (Vision Press, 1998), 453-469.
  • ________, “J. Oliver Emmerich and the McComb Enterprise-Journal: Slow Change in McComb, 1964,” Journal of Mississippi History 57 (February 1995): 1-23.
  • ________, “Southern Living Magazine,” in Kathleen L. Endres and Therese L. Lueck, eds., Women’s Periodicals of the United States: Consumer Magazines (Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 1995), 347-350.
  • ________, “Far and Near,” in Kathleen L. Endres and Therese L. Lueck, eds., Women’s Periodicals in the United States: Social and Political Issues (Westport, Ct.: Greenwood Press, 1996), 78-82.
  • ________, “Frances X. Clines,” in Arthur J. Kaul, ed., American Literary Journalists, 1945-1995, Dictionary of Literary Biography 185 (1997): 40-45.
  • ________, “Harry Crews,” in Arthur J. Kaul, ed., American Literary Journalists, 1945-1995, Dictionary of Literary Biography 185 (1997): 56-62.
  • ________, “A.J. Liebling,” in Tracy Chevalier, ed., Encyclopedia of the Essay, (Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997), 485-486.

Selected recent conference presentations

  • Zainul Abedin and David R. Davies, “‘No Quarrel with them Vietcong’: Coverage of Muhammad Ali’s Army Induction,” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, Ill., Aug. 10, 2017.
  • David R. Davies, “The Press of the Mississippi Territory, 1798-1817,” Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Chicago, Ill., Aug. 9, 2017.
  • Jennifer Brannock and David R. Davies, “‘Help! Help! Keep America American’: The National Anti-Communism Crusade of L.E. Faulkner’s Bill Smith Letters,” Gulf Coast History and Humanities Conference, Mobile, Ala., Oct. 15, 2016.
  • Zainul Abedin and David R. Davies, “‘No Quarrel with them Vietcong’: Coverage of Muhammad Ali’s Army Induction,” AEJMC Southeast Colloquium, Baton Rouge, La., March 5, 2016.
  • Panel presenter, “Challenges in Writing Recent History,” American Journalism Historians Association, Oklahoma City, Okla., October 8, 2015.
  • David R. Davies, “Ira B. Harkey, Jr.: Gulf Coast Rebel Journalist,” Gulf South History and Humanities Conference, Natchez, Miss., Oct. 2, 2015.
  • David R. Davies, “Ira B. Harkey, Jr., and `The Smell of Burning Crosses,’” Popular Culture Association South/American Culture Association South Conference, New Orleans, La., 2014.