Danny W. Davis
Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security
Phone: (830) 556-4069
Dr. Danny Davis has been associated with Texas A&M University since the fall of 1972, when his father dropped him off at Dorm 6 on the Quad. After four years in the Corps of Cadets, he graduated with a BA in history and was commissioned an Infantry Second Lieutenant. His first assignment was with the 6th Infantry in the divided city of West Berlin, Germany. During his twenty-year Army career, he served in a variety of command and staff positions in Airborne, Ranger, and Special Forces units. In 1983, then Captain Davis led a company of paratroopers in combat during the invasion of Grenada. While an instructor at the Army Infantry School, he earned a master’s degree in international relations from Troy State University. LTC (retired) Davis’ military awards include the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Infantryman's Badge. From 1997 to 2000, Dr. Davis served as a civilian Training Consultant in the U.S. State Department's Train and Equip Program in Bosnia-Herzegovina. From 2000 to 2005, he was a high school JROTC Instructor in San Antonio, Texas. Also during this period, Dr. Davis earned his second degree from Aggieland, a PhD in education. Since 2006, he has worked with the military and in academia to support the national defense and homeland security missions. He has served on the faculty at the Bush School since 2007. His areas of expertise include terrorism and counterterrorism, national defense and cybersecurity policy, and military history. Over the past few years, he researched and designed six homeland security-related courses that are now part of the School’s curriculum. He currently serves as Principal Investigator on five research projects, with clients ranging from the U.S. Department of Defense to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. Dr. Davis has authored a book on domestic terrorism and numerous articles. His two most recent articles, coauthored with some of his best students, include: “After the Ransomware Attacks: Texas Governance and Authorities for Cyberattack Response” (Nov. 13, 2019) and "Citizens' Perceptions of the Risks Produced by Terrorism: A Predicator of Public Policy Outcomes?" Both pieces were published in Homeland Security Today.