Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art
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John Davis earned his A.B. from Cornell University and M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.
John Davis offers courses covering the history of art and architecture in the United States, from the seventeenth through the mid-twentieth centuries, and he also directs Smith College’s Smithsonian Internship Program through the Program in American Studies. He is the author or co-author of four books and museum catalogues, as well as several dozen articles and essays. His most recent book (co-authored with Sarah Burns) is American Art to 1900: A Documentary History (2009), and his co-edited Blackwell Companion to American Art is due out in 2015. Current research interests include American exceptionalism, American artistic connections to Les Vingt, the National Academy of Design’s architectural aspirations, William Merritt Chase’s exhibition strategies, and the landscapes of Kenyon Cox.