Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute

Tulane University

Dave Davis

Director - Institutional Research


  • B.A., University of New Orleans, Philosophy, 1972
  • M.Phil., Yale University, Anthropology, 1974
  • Ph.D., Yale University, Anthropology, 1975

Academic Experience

  • Visiting Professor, Tulane University, 2001-
  • Professor, University of Southern Maine, 1988-2001
  • Assistant/ Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1977-1988
  • Assistant Professor, Brandeis University, 1975-1977

Research & Teaching Specializations: Material Culture and Social Change; Innovation Diffusion; Archaeology and Ethnohistory of Eastern North America and the Caribbean; Environmental History

Related Experience

  • Associate Dean, Tulane College, 2003-
  • Acting Director, Environmental Science and Policy Program, University of Southern Maine, 1999
  • Acting Chair, Department of Geography-Anthropology, University of Southern Maine, 1998
  • Acting Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Southern Maine, 1997


  • Spanish
  • French

Selected Publications

  • 2005. “Reply to Campisi and Starns.” Ethnohistory. 51 (4).
  • 2003. “Archaeological Renaissance of Anegada, British Virgin Islands.” With Kevin Oldfield. Journal of Caribbean Archaeology. 4: 1-11.
  • 2002. “Flaked Stone Artifacts from the Tutu Site.” In The Tutu Archaeological Site, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands: A Multidisciplinary Case Study in Human Adaptation. E. Righter, editor. New York: Routledge.
  • 2001. “A Case of Identity: Ethnogenesis of the New Houma Indians.” Ethnohistory. 48 (3).
  • 2000. Jolly Beach and the Archaic Occupation of Antigua, West Indies. New Haven: Yale University Publications in Anthropology (No. 83).

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Archaeology Field School; Prehistory of the West Indies; Ancient Mesoamerica; Historical Anthropology of the Caribbean





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Upcoming Events

Teaching Cuban Culture & Society: A K-12 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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The Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce a two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and hear firsthand about the Cuban national literacy campaign from the teachers themselves.

More information coming soon!

Please email or call 504.865.5164 for additional details.