Ph.D., Emory University, 2006
Marni Davis studies and teaches American history, Jewish history, and the history of ethnicity and immigration in the United States. She is the author of Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition (New York University Press, 2012). Jews and Booze explores American Jews' relation to alcohol production and their attitudes toward alcohol consumption during the years of the national prohibition movement's rise and fall, arguing that Jews' position on the "liquor question" had profound impact upon their process of acculturation. She is currently researching and writing about the immigrant experience and the immigration debate in the American South during the years between Reconstruction and the Great Depression, with particular interest in immigrant engagement in the regional economy.
Davis received her Ph.D. from Emory University in 2006, and taught there for a year before joining the faculty at Georgia State. She has been the recipient of scholarly awards from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, the American Jewish Archives, and the Feinstein Center for American Jewish History. Jews and Booze received Honorable Mention for the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award in Modern Jewish History, and was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature.
In addition to teaching the U.S. history survey (2110) and Introduction to Historical Studies (3000), Marni Davis regularly offers upper-level undergraduate courses on immigration and ethnicity in American history (4225), modern global Jewish history (3680), and a graduate seminar that introduces students to scholarly trends in U.S. historiography (7010). She is an affiliate faculty member with the Jewish Studies Program at Georgia State University, an interdisciplinary program designed to introduce students to the history and practices of Jewish communities around the world.
Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition. (New York University Press, 2012)
"Despised Merchandise: American Jewish Alcohol Entrepreneurs and Their Critics." Rebecca Kobrin, ed., Chosen Capital: The Jewish Encounter With American Capitalism (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012)
"'No Whisky Amazons in the Tents of Israel': American Jews and the Gilded-Age Temperance Movement." American Jewish History 94.3 (September 2008)