John Davenport

  • Chair, Department of Mathematics & General Studies
  • Professor, College of Arts & Sciences
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  • B.A. Macalester College (magna cum laude, honors in history) 1973.
  • M.A. University of Denver (librarianship and archival studies), 1974
  • M.A. University of Minnesota (history), 1986
  • M.A. University of Balamand (theology), 2012
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota (history and English literature)

John Davenport joined the North Central faculty in 2001. Previously he served as Head of Special Collections (rare books and manuscripts - 1977-2000) and acting director of libraries (1989-1991) at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN).  At St. Thomas, he occasionally offered Irish history courses and regularly taught classes in the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library’s bibliographic instruction program, emphasizing Special Collections materials. These classes focused on the history, language, literature, folk-lore, and religion of the Celtic nations, particularly Ireland and Scotland; Luxembourg history and culture; the works of G. K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc; and the books and scholarly papers of Christopher Dawson.  Davenport also was employed as Assistant Curator of Special Collections in the Chester Fritz Library at the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks, 1974-1976. Davenport has authored a scholarly guide to research materials at UND, various scholarly articles, and a number of book reviews. At North Central, Davenport regularly teaches the American history survey courses, the second half of the Western Civilization survey, the two-course church history sequence, modern British history, and introduction to Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.