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Ronald Davis


Ronald Davis

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Interests


The history of Black Cowboys and their lived experiences in antebellum Texas, during the Cattle Drive era, and into the 20th-century.

Biography


Ron Davis is a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin.  He is studying under the direction of Dr. Daina Ramey Berry. His dissertation project examines enslaved cowboys, labor, and resistance in antebellum Texas. He is a twenty-four-year veteran of the U.S. military and served in various capacities through five deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Because of these experiences, his research interests also include exploring black servicewomen and men's lived experiences from the Revolutionary War to Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.  The U.S. Air Force honored Davis with a 4th Air Force Aircrew Excellence Award in 2010 for safely conducting air-to-air refueling with an F-16 Falcon, at night, during a complete loss of electrical power in his aircraft, among other commendations and medals.

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