Professor Davis began teaching at Middlebury College in 2001. He offers courses in social ethics and American religious history. In both his teaching and his writing, Professor Davis is interested in the ways religious traditions have contributed to debates over moral issues, political freedom, and civic responsibility in the United States.
An expert in Anglo-American Calvinism, Professor Davis is the author of a monograph on the Puritan firebrand for religious freedom, Roger Williams (The Moral Theology of Roger Williams, WJK Press 2004), as well as editor of On Religious Liberty: Selections from the Works of Roger Williams (Harvard, 2008). This latter book represents the first collection of Williams's writings to be generally accessible in nearly fifty years.
More recently Professor Davis has written In Defense of Civility: How Religion Can Unite America on Seven Moral Issues that Divide Us (Westminster John Knox, 2010). In this book, he considers religion's impact on moral and political debates in America's past and argues for the benefit of a robust, respectful, and diverse religious contribution to contemporary public discourse.
Besides teaching in the Religion Department, Professor Davis currently serves as the Academic Director of the Privilege & Poverty Initiative, a new opportunity for Middlebury students to study the causes and consequences of poverty in a deliberate sequence of classroom learning and internship experience.