Davis Allen



PhD Candidate Department of History

M.A., History, Case Western Reserve University, 2016
B.S., Sustainable Development (Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture),
History Minor, Appalachian State University, 2013
Field of Study:
19th/20th Century U.S., Environmental History, History of Capitalism, Agricultural History
Selected Conference Papers & Presentations:
“Conservation Competition: Perspectives on Agricultural Drainage During the New Deal Era,”
Southern Forum on Agricultural, Rural, and Agricultural History
(Rice University; Houston, TX; Feb. 10-11, 2017)
About Davis:
I grew up in rural North Carolina and attended Appalachian State University. Spending my childhood surrounded by many of the contradictions of modern agriculture and increasingly aware of its impact on the environment, I decided to study agroecology in college. But I found that emphasis on agricultural practices alone often obscured the origins of our situation. I was drawn to environmental history because I found that answering the questions I was asking required exploring the intersection of agricultural practices, environmental consequences, and political economy.