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Robert (Bob) Davis

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Kimbel Library 221

Hours: Monday: 3 - 4 p.m. at Einstein Bros Bagels, Wednesday: 11 a.m. - noon at Starbucks 

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.” – Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) to Rudyard Kipling


Robert Davis, Ph.D. has extensive senior level US government experience, including appointments as:  Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Space; Professional Staff Member on the US House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee with oversight responsibilities for intelligence programs and activities; and Member of the US Congressional Commission on National Security Space.  He served as president of a company that provided strategic planning advice on national security issues to industry as well as US and foreign governments, and also served as president of a nongovernmental organization that funded and built a residence and school for Tibetan orphans in western China.  Finally, prior to joining the Coastal faculty, he taught at Virginia Tech, and also was a visiting scholar at the Cold War Institute, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China.


Ph.D., Science and Technology in Society, Virginia Tech
M.A., History, Virginia Tech
M.P.A., Public Administration, American University
B.S., Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Recent Publications

“Out-of-Sight Oversight: The U.S. Congress and Classified Technologies,” The Journal of Policy History, Fall 2014; and, “Inventing the Present: Historical Roots of the Anthropocene,” Earth Sciences History, History of the Earth Sciences Society, Spring 2011.

Teaching Areas

History of Science and Technology
National Security Policy
World History

Research Areas

Science and the search for the first Americans
The physicality/technology of religions