David J. Davies

David J. Davies

American Co-Director, Hopkins-Nanjing Center


  • China
  • Anthropology
  • Culture
  • Globalization
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Background and Education

David J. Davies is the American Co-Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, where he was also a student and visiting scholar. He is a professor of anthropology and director of East Asian Studies at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Davies is the former director of the Duke University Study in China program in Beijing. His research interests focus on aspects of China’s economic and cultural transformation from the late Mao period to the present day—from social memory and nostalgia of the Cultural Revolution, to the corporate culture in Chinese Wal-Mart stores and the rise of Chinese celebrity business entrepreneurs. Davies enjoys developing innovative teaching pedagogies using digital technologies. He holds a PhD in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of Washington. His expertise includes corporate culture, globalization, anthropology of visual and digitial media, social memory and nostalgia, and museums and tourism. 

2016-08-24 00:00:00 
Spring 2015