Richard Davis

Founding Fellow


Richard Davis is a Founding Fellow of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford and a Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies in the Department of Politics and International Relations and the Institute of Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford. He also holds the position of Professor of Practice at Arizona State University.
Richard is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Artis Research & Risk Modeling, Artis International and Artis Looking Glass. The suite of Artis companies conduct interdisciplinary field-based scientific research in conflict zones, build local programs and policies to move people toward less violent outcomes and develop technology applications to interface with social media platforms to understand and model the dynamics of human behavior in politically unstable conflict environments.

Richard served at The White House as the Director of Prevention (terrorism) Policy. Prior, he was the Director of the Task Force to Prevent the Entry of Weapons of Mass Effect (framework for the prevention of the smuggling of nuclear materials) and the Director of the Academe, Policy and Research Senior Advisory Committee for two different Secretaries at the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Richard has been a Senior Policy Fellow at RTI international, a Senior Associate at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, led a non-profit international development organization dedicated to the education and development of youth, including crime prevention, prevention of radicalization and conflict mitigation, and a school administrator and teacher.

Richard has authored or co-authored articles and publications on energy, international security, political violence and terrorism. He is the author of a book entitled: Hamas, Popular Support & War in the Middle East, published by Routledge in 2016. His most recent collaborative written work addresses the neurological and behavioral factors for the willingness to fight and die – an empirical study from the front-lines in Iraq with Islamic State Fighters and other militias and fMRI studies (brain scans) of Al-Qaeda members from Pakistan.

Richard has a PhD from the London School of Economics; an MPA from Harvard University; an MA from the Naval War College; and an MA from Azusa Pacific University. He holds Baccalaureate Degrees in Finance and Social Science from Hope International University.