Christina L. Davis is the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, a professor of government in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations at Harvard. She specializes in international relations with a focus on the politics of trade. Through analysis of the interaction between domestic and international law, she examines the conditions that support cooperation.
During her fellowship, Davis is writing a book about the politics of exit and entry into international organizations. Her goal is to highlight discriminatory practices over membership in multilateral institutions—whether the United Nations, the World Health Organization, or other international bodies that coordinate economic policy and regional development—that shape cooperation across policies. She is also working on several projects about the evolving trade order.
Davis graduated from Harvard College in 1993, received her PhD in government from Harvard in 2001, and returned to Harvard after 16 years as a professor at Princeton University. She is the author of Food Fights over Free Trade: How International Institutions Promote Agricultural Trade Liberalization (Princeton University Press, 2003) and Why Adjudicate? Enforcing Trade Rules in the WTO (Princeton University Press, 2012), winner of a 2013 Chadwick F. Alger Prize, the 2013 International Law Book Award, and the 2014 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize. Davis also coedited Landscapes of Law: Practicing Sovereignty in Transnational Terrain (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020) with Carol J. Greenhouse.