Dave is a Leicester native and a graduate of DeMontfort University, and left in 1999 with a BA (Hons) in American Studies and International Relations, having also studied at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He then gained his postgraduate degrees at the University of Nottingham, mostly writing about various presidents and their differing approaches to African American civil rights. He has published on topics as diverse as former slaveholders during the Reconstruction period, Ulysses S. Grant and Alexander the Great. Dave has taught American politics and history at various universities since 2000, and came back to a vastly improved DeMontfort campus in 2016. He has also edited a newsletter, organised reading groups and celebrations of Black History Month, and acted as a student representative. In his spare time, Dave enjoys cricket, Leicester City Football Club, live comedy, travel, cinema, and talking about himself in the third person.