During the period from 1971 to 1973, Davis attended Tulane University. In 1975, Mark got Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating from the University of Iowa. He continued his studies and in 1979 Davis graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with Doctor of Philosophy degree.
In 1983, Mark Davis began to work as an assistant professor of psychology at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, a post he held until 1986, when he was appointed an assistant professor at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Some time later, Davis was promoted to the post of an associate professor of psychology at Eckerd College. In 1999, Davis was appointed a professor at the same educational institution, a post he still holds.
Since 2006, he has been working as a consulting editor of the journal "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin".
Mark has also done research on such topics as why movies released late in the year (October through December) receive more Academy Award nominations.
Mark Davis is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Association of University Professors and Society of Experimental Social Psychology.