Rich Davis majored in English and political science, graduating from Pepperdine University after a junior year at the University of Vienna with the Institute of European Studies. As a graduate assistant at Harvard University, where he is an alumnus of both the Harvard Kennedy School and the Graduate School of Design, Rich Davis taught students the elements of research and documentation--skills he applied in a career of urban planning, historic preservation and downtown redevelopment in New England and the Midwest.
As a Trustee of the National Historic Landmark Old Slater Mill and Executive Director of the Pawtucket Foundation in Rhode Island, Davis explored the byways of the Blackstone Valley--including the mill communities from which the Thayer families emerged. Now Davis draws upon the persistent popularity of the best-loved poems of America's Gilded Age to unravel the mysteries obscuring both the origins of the ballad and the biography of its enigmatic author.
Rich and his wife reside in the Midwest. An educator in recent years, Davis has enjoyed teaching "Casey" to literature students in the public schools, and currently teaches economics at Southern State Community College. Davis is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Brazil, and is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).