Mike Davis Scholar Obituary – Cause of Death: Writer, Political Activist Mike Davis dies following battle with cancer.
American writer, political activist, urban theorist, and historian based in Southern California, Michael Ryan Davis died from esophageal cancer on October 25, 2022, at the age of 76, on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.
Davis is best known for his investigations of power and social class in works such as City of Quartz and Late Victorian Holocausts. His last non-fiction book is Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties, co-authored by Jon Wiener.
Davis was diagnosed with cancer. In a July 25, 2022, story in The Los Angeles Times, Davis said, “I’m in the terminal stage of metastatic esophageal cancer but still up and around the house…”
Born in Fontana, California and raised in the Bostonia neighborhood of El Cajon in San Diego County. He was a 1996–1997 Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute and received a MacArthur Fellowship Award in 1998. He won the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction in 2007.
Davis was Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, and an editor of the New Left Review.
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