Daniel Davis, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology

Dr. Davis is cultural sociologist who studied the intersections of careers, higher education, and organizations; key recent research themes include college-to-career transitions and student entrepreneurism.


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of California San Diego
  • M.A. Sociology, Humboldt State University
  • M.A. Biblical & Theological Studies, Biola University
  • B.A. Psychology & Social Science, Vanguard University

Courses Taught

  • Senior Seminar in Sociology – SOC 476
  • Sociology of Education – SOC 475
  • Social Research Methods & Design – SOC 460
  • Sociology of Religion – SOC 430
  • Sociological Analysis – SOC 260
  • Introduction to Sociology – SOC 101
  • Research Methods for Criminal Justice – SCJ 395

Professional and Community Involvement

  • American Sociological Association; Section on Sociology of Education; Section on Organizations, Occupations, and Work

Awards and Honors

  • Kauffman Entrepreneurship Dissertation Fellowship
  • Graduate Student of the Year in Sociology, Humboldt State University
  • Undergraduate Student of the Year in Psychology, Vanguard University

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Dissertation: "The Ventured Student: The Rise and Impacts of University-Sponsored Entrepreneurial Training Programs"
  • Forthcoming Monograph:  "The Adjunct Dilemma: Evaluating Conditions to Improve Outcomes" Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
  • Davis, Daniel and Amy Binder. 2016. “Selling Students: The Rise of Corporate Partnership Programs in University Career Centers.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 46: 395-422.
  • Binder, Amy, Daniel Davis, and Nick Bloom. 2016. “Career Funneling: How Elite Students Learn to Define and Desire ‘Prestigious’ Jobs.” Sociology of Education, 89(1): 20-39.