Dr Gareth Davies

Featured Publication

See Government Grow: Education Politics from Johnson to Reagan (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 2007).

See Government Grow: Education Politics from Johnson to Reagan


  • The growth of government power in the United States
  • American environmental history
  • Political history of 1960s and 1970s

My research centres on US political history during the 19th and 20th centuries, and particularly on the changing role of government in national life during that period.  I have written books on Lyndon Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ programme, and on the history of American education politics since World War II.  My other publications include essays on the New Deal, and comparative essays on US and Canadian social policy.  I am currently writing a book about the history of American responses to natural disaster, from the early republic to the present.

  • The Historical Presidency Lyndon Johnson and Disaster Politics

  • Pre-Modern Disaster Politics: Combating Catastrophe in the 1950s

  • Introduction

  • The New Deal in 1940: Embattled or Entrenched?

  • The Changing Presidential Politics of Disaster: From Coolidge to Nixon

  • On Martha Derthick

  • The Emergence of a National Politics of Disaster, 1865–1900

  • Introduction: The American politics of disaster from the civil war to the present

  • How Strong was the 19th c. American State

  • 'Dealing with Disaster: The Politics of Catastrophe in the United States, 1789-1861'

  • More

Current DPhil Students

  • Louisa Hotson
  • Daniel Rowe
  • Christopher Brown
  • Nathan Pulliam
  • Dominic Barker
  • Rivers Gambrell
  • Ashley Gabler
  • Mitchell Robertson

I would like to hear from potential DPhil or Masters students.

I currently teach:

FHS Masters
General History XVI

MSt in US History

General History XVII  
Slavery Special Subject  
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