David Withun, Ph.D., is the founding Head of School at Jacksonville Classical Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. He is a veteran of the United States Army. He earned his MA and Ph.D. in Humanities with a focus in Literature at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama. Dr. Withun has taught various subjects, including History and Literature, at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. He has also taught college Composition, Humanities, and Literature.
Dr. Withun’s academic interests center broadly on intellectual history and the ways in which ideas develop over long periods of time. He is particularly interested in the influences and responses to ancient, classical, and medieval philosophy and mythology in 20th-century African American thought. Dr. Withun’s areas of expertise and interest also include classical education, American literary and philosophical history, and the Great Books tradition.
Dr. Withun’s writing has been published in journals and magazines such as Classical Receptions Journal, Black Perspectives, Phylon, Forma Journal, and The Explicator. His first book, Co-workers in the Kingdom of Culture: Classics and Cosmopolitanism in the Thought of W. E. B. Du Bois, will be released by Oxford University Press in spring 2022.
Dr. Withun currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with Vanessa, his wife, and three children.