Dr. John J. Davenport

Professor of Philosophy
& Past Director of Peace & Justice Studies (2014-17)
Fordham University

Room 125 Collins Hall, RH
(718) 817-2775
Email: Davenport@Fordham.Edu

Page Summary. This page contains a summary of my job responsibilities and research interests, links to publications, a list of ongoing research projects, legislative/political initiatives, and links to other personal information and photos. 
Past Administrative Positions at Fordham
  • Director of the Peace & Justice Studies program: fall 2014 - spring 2017. This is a new minor at Fordham.
  • Member of the Managing Group of the Fordham Social Innovation Collaboratory (FSIC): spring 2014 - 2018. FSIC is the official body within the Consortium for Social Justice that manages our Ashoka Changemaker programs in social innovation.
  • Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies at Lincoln Center: fall 2005 - spring 2008. Advising undergraduates in the Philosophy Major and Minor at the Lincoln Center campus, making course schedules, hosting department events, and maintaining our course webpages.
  • Associate Director of Environmental Studies:  fall 2005 - spring 2008.
    Advising undergraduates in the Environmental Studies Minor at the Lincoln Center campus; directing student internships for credit at several locations in the New York City region.
  • Committees. Examples of my regular committee work during the academic year include:
    - Environmental Policy Major Executive Committee (2008 - 2012)
    - Directed three completed dissertations, with two more in progress (2006 - 2012)
    - Committee member for several graduate student comprehensive oral exams (2008 - 2012)
    - Modern Comprehensive Exam for the M.A. degree and doctoral candidacy (several years -- prior system)
    - Dissertation reader for 22 students receiving the Ph.D. at Fordham (1999 -2012)
    - Dissertation proposal defense committees (many)
    - Departmental graduate admissions committee for M.A. and Ph.D. programs (two years)
    - Department Hiring Committees for junior and senior positions (2008-9, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12)
    - Department Lectures and Invited Speakers Committee (2005-2006, 2012-2013).
    - Department Executive Committee (three years)
    - FCLC College Council representative for Philosophy & Environmental Studies (2004-2008)
    - Strategic Planning Task Force on Central Administration (for Middle States review, 2001)
    - Senior Values Seminar subcommittee of the Arts and Sciences Council (2003 - 2009).
Professional Service
  • Refereeing book manuscripts, book proposals, and essays for various publishers and philosophy journals (Cambridge, Oxford, Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Longmans, Ethics, Inquiry, Faith and Philosophy, IPQ, etc.).
  • President of the Søren Kierkegaard Society of North America (2010 - 2011). In this capacity, I organized the Society's sessions at the American Academy of Religion, planned our banquet, sent emails to members, and worked to find new officers to stand in upcoming elections.
  • Vice-President of the Søren Kierkegaard Society of North America (2007- 2009). In this capacity, I organized the Society's email list and some of its webpages on recent books and for sessions at APA conferences.
  • APA Representative for the Søren Kierkegaard Society of North America ( fall 2003 - fall 2008).  In this capacity, I put out two calls for papers and referee submission for two group sessions at two different meetings of the American Philosophical Association per year.  See this link for the SK Society's current Call for Papers and Conference Announcements.
Honors 2007-2008 Professor of the Year Award, Graduate Student Association, Fordham University

NEH Summer Stipend, 2004: for work on a new book project, Autonomy and Authenticity.

Publications & Papers Monographs, Books edited, Chapters in Edited Collections, Journal Articles, and Review Essays.
(I have recently added links to public talks available for presentation in powerpoint).
See my Research Topics page for more links to articles, conference papers, and drafts.


League of Democracies coverA League of Democracies: Cosmopolitanism, Consolidation Arguments, and Global Public Goods. (Dec. 2018). This work defends a cosmopolitan approach to global justice by arguing for new ways to combine the strengths of democratic nations in order to prevent mass atrocities and to secure other global public goods. A league uniting older democracies in Europe and North America with developing and established democracies in Asia and the Global South, and pledged to work through binding majority rule processes, would solve many pressing problems. In particular, it would provide a legal order capable of uniting the strength and inspiring moral vision of democratic nations to improve international security, stop mass atrocities, assist developing nations in overcoming corruption and poverty, and, in time, potentially address other global challenges in finance, environmental sustainability, stable food supplies, and fair global immigration patterns. With many nations pledged to share the burdens of intervention fairly, atrocity prevention would become feasible. This book also argues that networking approaches will not be sufficient to secure most of the 60 categories of global public goods identified in its comprehensive analysis. 
See a flyer with coupon
See a 2-page summary of the book
See the Introduction and Ch.1

Love, Reason, and Will: Kierkegaard after Frankfurt co-edited with Anthony Rudd (Bloomsbury, Oct. 2015)