John Davis (academic)

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John Davis
Born (1938-09-09) 9 September 1938 (age 79)
London, England
Nationality British
Alma mater London School of Economics
Scientific career
Fields Social anthropology

John Horsley Russell Davis FBA [1] (born London, England, 9 September 1938; died 15 January 2017)[2] was a British anthropologist, ex-Warden of All Souls College, Oxford, and Professor of Social Anthropology in the University of Oxford.


Davis was educated at University College, Oxford (BA Modern History 1961, MA) and the London School of Economics (PhD Social Anthropology 1968).[3]


He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1988.

He was appointed Professor of Social Anthropology in the University of Oxford and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford in 1990 and was elected Warden of All Souls in 1995.[4]

He was Chairman of the European Association of Social Anthropologists 1993/94 and President of the Royal Anthropological Institute from 1997 until 2001.

He nominated his immediate predecessor as Warden, Patrick Neill, Baron Neill of Bladen, for the office of Chancellor of the University of Oxford.[5]

Principal Publications[edit]

  • (1973) Land and family in Pisticci
  • (1987) Libyan politics: tribe and revolution
  • (1992) Exchange


  1. ^ "Warden". All Souls College, Oxford. Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  2. ^ "John Davis (1938-2017)". University of Oxford, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology. 2017-01-16. Archived from the original on 2017-02-22. Retrieved 2017-02-21. 
  3. ^ "The Warden- Activities". All Souls Oxford. Archived from the original on 2008-08-03. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  4. ^ "British Academy Fellows Archive". British Academy Fellows. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  5. ^ "Nominations received". Oxford University Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 

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