Huw David joined the RAI in October 2011 and was appointed Director of Development in January 2015. He completed a doctorate in Anglo-American history at Oxford University. His thesis, 'The Atlantic at Work: Britain and South Carolina’s Trading Networks, c. 1730-1790', explored how trade shaped politics in the era of the American Revolution. In 2015, he was awarded the Hines Prize by the College of Charleston, given biennially for the best first manuscript on a topic relating to the Carolina Lowcountry and/or the Atlantic World. His first book, Trade, Politics, and Revolution: South Carolina and Britain's Atlantic Commerce, 1730-1790, will be published by the University of South Carolina Press in 2018.
His writings have appeared in several academic journals and he has held visiting fellowships at institutions including the University of South Carolina and the Huntington Library, Los Angeles. In 2016, he was Wells Fargo Distinguished Public Lecturer at the College of Charleston. He has recently completed a research project with Tate Britain on Thomas Gainsborough, with a major new assessment of one of the painter's early portraits.
During his doctorate, Huw convened the RAI's Graduate Seminar in American History and organised an international conference at the Institute: 'Building an American Empire, 1783 - 1861'. He has also worked extensively in outreach activities with local schools and is the governor of a local primary school.