Dave Davis

Emeritus Professor of Anthropology
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300 Bailey Hall, 37 College Avenue, USM Gorham Campus

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-5321
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  • University of New Orleans, Philosophy, B.A., 1972
  • Yale University, Anthropology, M.Phil., 1974
  • Yale University, Anthropology, Ph.D., 1975

Academic Experience

  • Visiting Professor, Tulane University, 2001-2013
  • Professor, University of Southern Maine, 1988-2001
  • Assistant/Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1977-1988
  • Assistant Professor, Brandeis University, 1975-1977

Related Experience

  • Associate Dean, Tulane College, 2003-2013
  • Acting Director, Environmental Science and Policy Program, University of Southern Maine, 1999
  • Acting Chair, Department of Geography-Anthropology, University of Southern Maine, 1998
  • Acting Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Southern Maine, 1997

Languages: Spanish; French

Courses taught: Archaeology Field School; Prehistory of the West Indies; Ancient Mesoamerica; Historical Anthropology of the Caribbean.

Research Interests

Material culture and social change; innovation diffusion; archaeology and ethnohistory of eastern north america and the caribbean; environmental history.

Recent Publications

  • 2005. “Reply to Campisi and Starns.” Ethnohistory. 51 (4).
  • 2003. “Archaeological Renaissance of Anegada, British Virgin Islands.” With Kevin Oldfield. Journal of Caribbean Archaeology. 4: 1-11.
  • 2002. “Flaked Stone Artifacts from the Tutu Site.” In The Tutu Archaeological Site, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands: A Multidisciplinary Case Study in Human Adaptation. E. Righter, editor. New York: Routledge.
  • 2001. “A Case of Identity: Ethnogenesis of the New Houma Indians.” Ethnohistory. 48 (3).
  • 2000. Jolly Beach and the Archaic Occupation of Antigua, West Indies. New Haven: Yale University Publications in Anthropology (No. 83).

New Publications

What's New?

Building Bridges Beyond the Quadrangle: The CAO and the External Community
(Book chapter by Mark Lapping in: Martin J, Samuels JE, eds. The Provost's Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2015:200-206.)

Health Data and Financing and Delivery System Reform: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Issue Brief by Barbara Shaw, Andy Coburn, Kimberley Fox, Andrea Gerstenberger, and Barbara Leonard)

New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes(Report by David Lambert and Julie Atkins).

Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (Issue Brief by Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, and Andy Coburn).

Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(1), 55-65. (Authors: Judy Tupper, Carolyn Gray, Karen Pearson, and Andy Coburn).

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