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John Davis, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture Section
231 Knowlton Hall
614-292-1012

John Davis is an assistant professor of landscape architecture at the Knowlton School. Before coming to Ohio State, he was an architectural and environmental historian and assistant professor at Texas Tech University. Davis’ primary research is on technology, design, construction and the environment in North America in the 19th century. He is currently working on a book manuscript on engineering, construction and environment in the U.S. South during Reconstruction. The project examines the physical processes of building that undergirded the central political metaphor of the Reconstruction Era. Davis’ research has been supported by fellowships from the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, where he was a Tyler Fellow from 2015-2017, and from the Charles Warren Center for the Study of American History at Harvard University.