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Name: Mike Davis  
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Date of Birth: 23rd July 1973
Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Profession: Director
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Mike Davis, 1999 (Photo by Anne Fishbein)

Mike Davis is an American social commentator, urban theorist, and sociographer. He is best known for his investigations of class structures in his native Southern California.

Born in 1946 in Fontana, California, Davis' education was punctuated by stints as a meat cutter, truck driver, and a Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) activist. He briefly studied at Reed College in the mid-1960s but did not begin his academic career in earnest until the early 1970s, when he earned BA and MA degrees in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. Though he passed the qualifying exams for his doctorate, UCLA's history department refused to accept what became City of Quartz as his dissertation.

City of Quartz and its sequel, The Ecology of Fear, each wildly popular, have been accused of sloppy fact-checking and intellectual dishonesty. Both of the books are more open to criticism than similar works because of their thorough and extensive citations, a habit Davis carried over from his academic writing. Jill Stewart, an "acerbic, iconoclastic" columnist with the usually sympathetic alternative newspapers LA Weekly, and the now-defunct New Times LA, has written that many of Mr Davis’s "key anecdotes and major facts" are "fake, phoney, made-up, crackpot bullshit."

Davis currently teaches at the University of California, Irvine, and contributes to the British monthly Socialist Review, the organ of the Socialist Workers Party of Great Britain. He is a member of the Socialist Workers Party of Ireland.

Major works

  • The Monster at Our Door: The Global Threat of Avian Flu (2005)
  • Under the Perfect Sun: The San Diego Tourists Never See (2003)
  • Dead Cities: And Other Tales (2003)
  • Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World (2001)
  • Ecology of Fear (2000)
  • City of Quartz (1990)

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