Natalie Zemon Davis

Historian, Author

1928 –

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Who is Natalie Zemon Davis?

Natalie Zemon Davis, CC is a Canadian and American historian of the early modern period. She is currently a professor of history at the University of Toronto in Canada. Her work originally focused on France, but has since broadened to include other parts of Europe, North America, and the Caribbean. For example, Trickster Travels views Italy, Spain, Morocco and other parts of North Africa and West Africa through the lens of Leo Africanus's pioneering geography. It has appeared in four translations, with three more on the way. Davis' books have all been translated into other languages: twenty-two for The Return of Martin Guerre. She is a hero to many historians and academics, as "one of the greatest living historians", constantly asking new questions and taking on new challenges, the second woman president of the American Historical Association and someone who "has not lost the integrity and commitment to radical thought which marked her early career".

She has been awarded the Holberg International Memorial Prize and National Humanities Medal and been named Companion of the Order of Canada.

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Born
Nov 8, 1928
Detroit
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
  • Canada
Profession
Education
  • PhD, University of Michigan
    History
    ( - 1959)
  • Radcliffe College
  • Smith College
  • Harvard University
  • Cranbrook Schools
Lived in
  • Toronto
    (1996 - )
  • New Jersey
    ( - 1996)

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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