Dr. David Fahey

David Fahey


Professor Emeritus

507 Maxine Drive
Oxford, OH 45056



PhD 1964, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests: 
  • Modern Britain
  • Temperance in Britain and America
  • World and Comparative History
Work in Progress: 

David M. Fahey has published on 19th and early 20th century temperance and fraternal societies in Britain and America. Currently he is writing a book tentatively called "Everyone is a Temperance Reformer Now": John Bull and the Politics of Drink from Gladstone to Lloyd George, that will place the English story in international perspective. Additional works in progress are a short monograph entitled The Women's Temperance Crusade in Oxford, 1874 and Alcohol and Drugs in North America: A Historical Encyclopedia (a two-volume reference work edited with Jon Miller).

He is the author of Temperance and Racism: John Bull, Johnny Reb, and the Good Templars and was co-editor of the international encyclopedia, Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History. Formerly president of the Alcohol and Temperance History Group (ATHG), he helps edit the blog of its successor organization, the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, and at one time edited theSocial History of Alcohol and Drugs. He served as president of the Ohio Academy of History, edited two H-Net lists (H-World and H-Teach), published a book about African American fraternal lodges, and edited a collection of essays on British neutrality during the American Civil War. His most recent articles include such varied topics as old-time breweries and saloons in Ohio, Gandhi and prohibition, and a bibliography for world history.


  • Forgotten Temperance Reformers (2023).
  • The Politics of Drink in England, from Gladstone to Lloyd George (2022)
  • Temperance Societies in Late Victorian and Edwardian England (2020).
  • edited, E. Lawrence Levy and Muscular Judaism, 1851-1932: Sport, Culture, and Assimilation in Nineteenth-Century Britain, together with "The Autobiography of an Athlete" (2014)
  • co-edited, Alcohol and Drugs in North America: A Historical Encyclopedia (2013)
  • The Women's Temperance Crusade in Oxford, Ohio (2010)
  • edited, Milestone Documents in World Religions (2010)
  • edited (with introduction, “Frank J. Merli, 1929-2000”), The Alabama, British Neutrality, and the American Civil War, by Frank J. Merli [posthumous collection of essays] (I2004)
  • co-edited, Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia, (2003)
  • Temperance and Racism: John Bull, Johnny Reb, and the Good Templars (1996)
  • edited (with introduction, "'True Reformer' Browne and African American Fraternalism") The Black Lodge in White America: "True Reformer" Browne and His Economic Strategy (1994)
  • edited (with introduction, "One Woman's World"), The Collected Writings of Jessie Forsyth, 1847-1937: The Good Templars and Temperance Reform on Three Continents (1988)
  • co-author, The English Heritage (1978)