Davis grew-up in a working class environment in Hanover, Pennsylvania where he struggled in public school owing to dyslexia. After high school he joined the US Army (1989) and was assigned to team 1 of the Long Range Surveillance Detachment (Airborne) attached to the 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii. He excelled in the military and was the Distinguished Honor Graduate of the Ranger Indoctrination Program (RIP). After an accident from an airborne operation in Hawaii he started to seriously read for the first time. Reading opened up the world to him: history, literature, ideas, philosophy. After the accident he began taking college courses while healing from his injuries. He was honorably discharged from the US Army in August, 1993. As an undergraduate he attended Oxford University, Calvin College (BA, Philosophy) before attending graduate school at Duke University (M.T.S.), Yale University and graduated with a Ph.D. (2006) from the University of Virginia with Slavoj Zizek, Kenneth Surin, Corey Walker, Eleanor Kaufman, John Milbank serving on his dissertation committee. While he was a graduate student he created and co-edited (with Philip Goodchild and Kenneth Surin) the book series, New Slant published by Duke University Press. He was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Rollins College in 2006. In 2010-2011 he received the distinguished Arthur Vining Davis Award at Rollins College. In 2012, he was promoted to Associate Professor at Rollins and resigned shortly thereafter. In 2013 he founded The Global Center for Advanced Studies.
Davis has published several books some with Slavoj Zizek, Clayton Crockett and John Milbank, and wrote the Foreword to one of Peter Sloterdijk’s books. He has also published many peer reviewed articles in journals such as Angelaki, Political Theology, Rethinking Marxism, Polygraph, Philosophy Today among others). He created and co-edits two academic book series (New Slant, Duke UPress and Insurrections, Columbia UPress) and lectures around the world including a semester at the University of Silesia (Poland in fall, 2012) and taught in the Philosophy Department at Colorado College in 2015. He has several books under contract including one (with Alain Badiou), has written two novels (forthcoming), and has published articles with Al Jazeera, The European Magazine, Truthout, and the Huffington Post. He currently teaches courses on subjects such as Philosophy, Culture, Theology and the Humanities with the Global Center for Advanced Studies, and Alma Mater Europaea-ECM in Slovenia.
Davis has organized over 12 international events, seminars, symposia, workshops, conferences from Athens to Philadelphia and from New York to Paris. He has taught with Slavoj Zizek, Oliver Stone and many others. He has interviewed notable intellectuals and writers from Tariq Ali, Srecko Horvat, Richard Wolff, Peter McLaren among others.
He has translated articles from the French and Italian into English.
He is currently writing a memoir on the many challenges (some are alarming) of starting an alternative, debt-free school to the neoliberal corporate universities and colleges in the United States.
An Insurrectionist Manifesto: Four New Gospels for a Radical Politics (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture) Preface, authored by Ward Blanton, Noelle Vahanian, Jeffrey W. Robbins, and Clayton Crockett, 2016, Columbia University Press
Theology after Lacan: The Passion for the Real (co-edited with Marcus Pound and Clayton Crockett) 2014, Cascade
Philosophical Temperaments: From Plato to Foucault (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture) Peter Sloterdijk (Foreword) 2013, Columbia University Press
Hegel and the Infinite: Religion, Politics, and Dialectic (Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture) (co-edited with Clayton Crockett and Slavoj Zizek) 2011, Columbia University Press
Paul’s New Moment: Continental Philosophy and the Future of Christian Theology (co-authored with Slavoj Zizek and John Milbank) 2010
The Monstrosity of Christ: Paradox or Dialectic? (Short Circuits) Edited (Slavoj Zizek & John Milbank) 2009, The M.I.T. Press
Theology and the Political: The New Debate (Series: SIC 5) co-edited with Slavoj Zizek and John Milbank, 2005, Duke University Press