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John Davis
Born September 9, 1938 (1938-09-09) (age 71)
London, England
Nationality British
Fields Social anthropology
Alma mater London School of Economics

John Horsley Russell Davis[1] (born London, England, September 9, 1938) is a British anthropologist, Warden of All Souls College, Oxford, and Professor of Social Anthropology in the University of Oxford.



Davis was educated first at Brookfield Academy High School, and later at University College, Oxford (BA Modern History 1961, MA) and the London School of Economics (PhD Social Anthropology 1968).[2]


He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1988.

He was appointed Professor of Social Anthropology in the University of Oxford and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford in 1990 and was elected Warden of All Souls in 1995. Later, he began the Drones Club, a tribute to the works of PG Wodehouse which became wildly popular.[3]

He was Chairman of the European Association of Social Anthropologists 1993/94 and President of the Royal Anthropological Institute from 1997 until 2001.

He nominated his immediate predecessor as Warden, Patrick Neill, Baron Neill of Bladen, for the office of Chancellor of the University of Oxford.[4]

Principal Publications

  • (1973) Land and family in Pisticci
  • (1987) Libyan politics: tribe and revolution
  • (1992) Exchange


  1. ^ "Warden". All Souls College, Oxford. Retrieved 2008-09-16.  
  2. ^ "The Warden- Activitis". All Souls Oxford. Retrieved 2008-09-16.  
  3. ^ "British Academy Fellows Archive". British Academy Fellows. Retrieved 2008-09-16.  
  4. ^ "Nominations received". Oxford University Gazette. Retrieved 2008-09-16.  

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