Tess Davis, Adjunct Faculty
Tess Davis, a lawyer and archaeologist by training, is Executive Director of the Antiquities Coalition. Davis oversees the organization’s work to fight cultural racketeering worldwide and also manages the day-to-day operations of the institute’s staff in Washington. She has been a legal consultant for the Cambodian and US governments and works with both the art world and law enforcement to keep looted antiquities off the market. She writes and speaks widely on these issues — having been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, CNN, Foreign Policy, the Diplomat, the Cambodia Daily, and various scholarly publications — and featured in documentaries in America and Europe.
In 2015, the Royal Government of Cambodia knighted Davis for her work to recover the country’s plundered treasures, awarding her the rank of Commander in the Royal Order of the Sahametrei. She is admitted to the New York State Bar and an Affiliated Researcher at the University of Glasgow. Davis holds a BA in Archaeology from Boston University and a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law.