BA, History and Literature, Harvard University
MA, PhD, English, University of Virginia
Dr. Davis specializes in 20th and 21st century American literature, film studies, and critical race studies. She teaches Recent American Fiction, American Modernism, African American literature II, Survey of American Literature, Reading Film Language, Introduction to Graduate Studies, and senior seminars and graduate courses on topics such as the graphic novel, satire, hybridity in 21st century literature, and black and ethnic writers interrogating whiteness. Her two most recent projects focus on African American satirists Mat Johnson and Percival Everett, and representations of animal-human hybrids in Karen Russell’s short stories.
“The Follies of Racial Tribalism: Mat Johnson's Anti-Utopian Satire,” Contemporary Literature, vol. 58, no. 1, 2017, pp. 18-52.
Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading (University of Illinois Press, 2014)
Postmodern Texts and Emotional Audiences (Purdue UP, 2007)
Dr. James DiNardo Teaching Award
Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize, New England American Studies Association (for Beyond the White Negro)
20th-century American literature
Ethnic and African American literature