Mary Davis is an economist by training, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. Originally from Florida, Dr. Davis received degrees in economics from the University of Miami (BA) and the University of Florida (MS/PhD). Prior to coming to Tufts, she held academic appointments at the Harvard School of Public Health, University of Maine, and University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Davis has also been affiliated with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and spent a sabbatical at Boston University during the Fall 2014 semester.
Professor Davis is interested in a broad range of public health topics. Her interdisciplinary training in economics, statistics, and environmental health has provided her a unique depth of knowledge to contribute across both the sciences and policy fields. Her research has focused on the health of susceptible subpopulations such as children and workers, which have included fishermen, truckers, and developing world sweatshop workers. Dr. Davis has also contributed significantly to the fields of statistics and economics, as well as air pollution modeling and health effects. She has served on numerous National Academy of Sciences panels, including two as chairwoman. Her research continues to evolve, and her present interests are focused largely on global health issues such as air quality in the developing world.