David Davenport is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He specializes in international law and treaties, constitutional federalism, and American politics and law. He is also a visiting fellow at the Ashbrook Center (2016).
Davenport is a columnist for Forbes.com and delivers regular radio commentaries on the Salem Radio Network and Townhall.com (where he is a contributing editor). He has coauthored the book, “The New Deal and Modern American Conservatism” and has authored chapters in Hoover Press books on values in a free society and legal threats to American values, He is currently coauthoring a book: “Rugged Individualism: Dead or Alive.”
Davenport has also authored articles in Policy Review on “The New Diplomacy” and “The Politics of Literacy,” and has been a regular columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service and the San Francisco Chronicle. He is a popular public speaker, currently serving as a world affairs lecturer for Crystal Cruises.
Davenport is the former president of Pepperdine University (1985–2000). Under his leadership, the University experienced significant growth in quality and reputation. Davenport cofounded Common Sense California and the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership. He has been active in efforts to reform governance in California, having served as a member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Performance Review Commission and as a board member of California Forward. Davenport has served on several corporate and nonprofit boards as well.
Davenport earned a B.A. with distinction in international relations from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law, where he was elected to Order of the Coif and earned national and international awards in moot court competitions.