Visiting Assistant Professor of History, University of Mississippi

David A. Varel is a historian of the modern United States who specializes in intellectual history, African American history, the history of race and class, and the civil rights movement. His research examines the social construction of race, paying special attention to the role of black intellectuals in combating scientific racism during the first half of the twentieth century. His book, "The Lost Black Scholar: Resurrecting Allison Davis in American Social Thought, 1902-1983," explores these themes through the neglected career and thought of black anthropologist Allison Davis. It is published by the University of Chicago Press.


  • 2017–present
    Visiting assistant professor, University of Mississippi