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Mark Davis

Mark Davis


McMurran Hall 131
(757) 594-8736


  • Ph D in Hispanic Cultural Studies, Michigan State University
  • MA in Hispanic Literatures, Michigan State University
  • BA in International Relations, University of Wisconsin


Spanish language, culture and literature, study abroad


Medieval Iberian literatures and cultures, the Early Modern Iberian world and its literatures, festivals, ethnicity, race, nationalism and gender


Mark Evan Davis enjoys teaching a variety of Spanish courses at all language levels.

In his research, Mark specializes in the early literature and culture of the Iberian world – from the medieval period through the Golden Age (the 16th and 17th centuries). In thematic terms, Dr. Davis’ current work explores festival behavior and its relationships to culture in the broadest sense of the word. This includes politics, history, literature and the other arts. This field of inquiry has led him to examine a wide variety of works in Spanish and other Iberian languages, including Portuguese and Valencian. He is also engaged in looking into the ways celebratory activity and literature represent and define the social organization of the Spanish and Portuguese empires of the early modern period, on both sides of the Atlantic—and beyond. He is especially interested in the way ethnicity, race, nationality and gender intersect with fiestas.

Mark’s recent publications include “’The evangelical prophecies over Jerusalem have been fulfilled’: Joachim of Fiore, the Jews, Fray Diego de Landa and the Maya” (Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies), “Si el indio aprende a escribir: la conquista textual, la aculturación y la voz indígena” and “Vasco Mouzinho de Quevedo’s Triumpho del monarcha Philippo tercero: a National Epic for a Subordinate Portugal”.

Dr. Davis is a great believer in study abroad and has more than 15 years of experience in study abroad program development and leadership.

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