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David P. Alvarez


Associate Professor of English


18th century British literature, European Enlightenment, Third Earl of Shaftesbury, Religious tolerance, Aesthetics and democracy


David Alvarez's research focuses on 18th century British literature and the European Enlightenment. He has a special interest in the Third Earl of Shaftesbury, and he presented a paper about the Third Earl at the estate of the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury in England in 2015.

Alvarez also has a special interest in coffee and the history of coffee – especially how coffee moved from the Middle East to Europe, and how coffee links East and West. He has taught a DePauw course, Coffee: Islam, Democracy, Globalization. He presented a paper about coffee at the Huntington Library in Los Angeles in April 2016.