David Camak Pratt is a PhD candidate in the American Studies program. His research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century literature, popular culture, and cultural history. Within these areas, his research presently focuses on the role of alcohol and drunkenness, both as American social and political realities and as cultural metaphors. His dissertation concerns heavy drinking, masculinity, and the hard-boiled detective in American culture.
In addition to his research and teaching, David has directed the Keio University/College of William & Mary Cross-Cultural Collaboration, a short-term study abroad program administered by the Reves Center for International Studies. David has also worked as an oral historian for William and Mary Swem Library, collecting interviews for university archives including the Stephens Project: https://swem.wm.edu/exhibits/stephens-project.
MA, Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University (2008)
BA, English/Creative Writing, Wittenberg University (2006)
“Films, Drinking in;” “Literature, Alcohol in” and “Television, Alcohol on.” The SAGE Encyclopedia of Alcohol, edited by Scott C. Martin and J. Geoffrey Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, forthcoming (projected publication date: January 13, 2015).
“Squidbillies and White Trash Stereotypes in the Corporate Postmodern South.” Appalachian Journal 40, nos. 1-2 (Fall 2012-Winter 2013): 94-110.
American Literature: Themes and Issues, William and Mary English Department, Instructor, Spring 2015
American Studies Topics: American Drunkards, William and Mary American Studies Program, Instructor, Spring 2014
Williamsburg Documentary Project, William and Mary American Studies Program, Teaching Assistant, Spring 2012
Introduction to American Studies: The American Way of War, William and Mary American Studies Program, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2010
Introduction to Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University Department of Popular Culture, Instructor, Spring and Fall 2007, Spring 2008. Teaching Assistant, Fall 2006