Mike Davis' main interests are World History, Environmental and American Urban History. He is a Professor of American History at the University of California at Irvine, and a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. Before, he has taught Urban Theory at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
After several different professions, Davis studied History at the University of California. Subsequently, he received prestigious awards and scholarships, such as the Getty Fellowship (1997), a MacArthur Fellowship Award (1998), the Esther McCoy Award (2006), and the Lannan Literary Award for Nonfiction (2007).
As author, his books include Ecology of Fear: Los Angeles and the Imagination of Disaster (1999), City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles (1999), Late Victorian Holocausts: El Nino Famines and the Making of the Third World (2000), Dead Cities: And Other Tales (2003), and Planet of Slums: Urban Involution and the Informal Working Class (2006), the essay Planet of Slums was published as part of V2_'s 2004 Feelings Are Always Local. As journalist, he contributes to the British Socialist Review, The Nation and New Statesman; he is an editor of the New Left Review.