Mark Davis

Dr. Mark W. Davis

Title: Associate Professor
Location: 552 BPM Center
LinkedIn: Dr. Mark W. Davis Profile
Phone: 610-436-2017


Mark W. Davis has been a member of West Chester University's Department of Public Policy and Administration since August 2013. Teaching in the Masters of Public Administration program, course taught to date include: Introduction to Public Service, Budgeting and Finance, Public Sector Organization Theory, and American Public Policy. Dr. Davis’s Ph.D. studies were at the University of Colorado Denver in the School of Public Affairs where he was a NSF IGERT Researcher in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Systems, Managing Editor of Policy Studies Journal, and taught Public Policy Analysis. Dr. Davis holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver, a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University (where he also taught as an Adjunct Professor for seven years), and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Public Policy from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to moving into academia full time Dr. Davis worked as an environmental professional in the fields of integrated solid waste management, water supply and water treatment, and wastewater collection and treatment in a variety of management level positions. His research interests include: urban affairs, public management, collaborative governance, the public policy process, and environmental policy / sustainability policy initiatives. Within this research frame Dr. Davis focuses on U.S. national policy, and state and local governments. Dr. Davis was awarded the Norton Long Young Scholars Award by the American Political Science Association in 2013; this award is for scholars focused on urban politics that are currently completing or have recently completed their PhD studies. In his spare time Dr. Davis is an avid bicyclist, including an annual trek to California to participate in the AIDS/Lifecycle fund raising bike ride, a 545-mile, 7-day bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles, CA.


  • B.S., Washington University in St. Louis, 1992
  • M.P.A., Indiana University, 2009
  • Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver, 2014

Community Service

  • Participant, AIDS/Lifecycle Charity Bike Ride, 2012 and 2013
  • President, University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs PhD Student Association, 2011-2013 (member 2009-2013)
  • Member, Indiana Recycling Coalition, 1992-2013 (President 1995-1996)
  • Member, Indiana State Solid Waste Management Board, 2003-2009


  • Davis, Mark W. and Chris Weible (2011). "Linking Social Actors by Linking Social Theories: Toward Improving GHG Mitigation Strategies." Carbon Management 2(4).
  • Davis, Mark W. and Danielle Varda (2011). "Case Study: The Indiana Household Hazardous Waste Task Force." Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
  • Davis, Mark W. and Danielle Varda (2011). "Teaching Simulation: Mapping Network Structure in Complex Community Collaboratives." Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
  • Heikkila, Tanya, Edella Schlager, and Mark W. Davis (2011). "The Role of Cross-Scale Institutional Linkages in Common Pool Resource Management: Assessing Interstate River Compacts." Policy Studies Journal, Volume 39(1).
  • Ringquist, Evan, Jim Barnes, Mark W. Davis, Flynn Picardal, and Ken Richards (2008). "Waste Tire Policy Recommendations for Indiana." Report prepared for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Office of Pollution Prevention and Technical Assistance by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Work History

  • Researcher. IGERT in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure at School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO. 2009 to 2013
  • Managing Editor of Policy Studies Journal (PSJ). University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO. 2012 to 2013
  • Adjunct Professor. Indiana University, School of Public & Environmental Affairs, Bloomington, IN. 2002 to 2009
  • Technical Assistance Provider. Indiana Rural Community Assistance Program, Indianapolis, IN. 2003 to 2007
  • Executive Director. Monroe County Solid Waste Management District, Bloomington, IN. 2001 to 2003
  • Executive Director. Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts (AISWMD), Bloomington, IN. 1998 to 2001
  • Environmental Engineer. PDR Engineers, Inc., Lexington, KY. 1996 to 1998
  • District Manager. Brown County Solid Waste Management District, Nashville, IN. 1993 to 1996
  • Planner. Indiana Department of Environmental Management - Office of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, Indianapolis, IN. 1992 to 1993

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