Steve Davis

  • Associate Professor
  • African American and Africana Studies
  • History
  • Social Theory
1749 Patterson Office Tower
(859) 257-1404
Research Interests:

B.A., Hamilton College (2000)
M.A., PhD., University of Florida (2010)


Stephen Robert Davis is currently revising a manuscript on the history of everyday life
of rank-and-file soldiers in Umkhonto we Sizwe. This work borrows from
microhistory and recent work on public history in South Africa and is
part of a broader critique of official histories of the armed struggle
written after the transition to democracy. This work is an extension
of his work on the politics of exile and international radio
broadcasting during the anti-apartheid struggle.

In 2007-2008, he conducted research in South Africa on a grant
provided by the Fulbright Institute for International Education (IIE).
During this trip he collected several dozen oral interviews with
ex-combatants, former activists, and current ANC members.

In addition to research, he spent three years learning Xhosa and
intensive language training in Zulu at the University of

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