James Davis was a member of the Department of Psychology from 1967-1997. It is not an exaggeration to say that he is considered one of his generation's greatest social psychologists, based on his research investigating how groups of people make decisions. Much of his work focused on how juries make decisions, and his research had an immense impact—it has been cited frequently by the Supreme Court and other governmental authorities. It has also influenced business and management practices.
The James Davis Fellowship is an asset in recruiting and maintaining high-quality graduate students in the Social-Personality Program.