Jenny L Davis

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Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies,American Indian Studies, and Anthropology

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Biography

Jenny L. Davis is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she is the director of the Native American and Indigenous Languages (NAIL) Lab and an affiliate faculty of American Indian Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies. She earned her PhD in Linguistics at University of Colorado, Boulder in 2013. She was the 2010-2011 Henry Roe Cloud Fellow in American Indian Studies at Yale University, and a 2013-2014 Lyman T. Johnson Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics at the University of Kentucky. Her research focuses on contemporary Indigenous language(s) and identity, with dual focuses on Indigenous language revitalization and Indigenous gender and sexuality. 

Her book, Talking Indian: Identity and Language Revitalization in the Chickasaw Renaissance (in press, University of Arizona Press) and additional publications focus on Chickasaw language revitalization (Language and Communication, 2016 and The Changing World Religion Map, 2015). In addition,  she has published in a number of topics and fields, including gendered representations in Breton language revitalization media (Gender & Language, 2012); the discourses about language endangerment in media (Language Documentation & Description, forthcoming); the role of postcolonial theory and Indigenous methodologies in researching language, gender, and sexuality (Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality, forthcoming); and language, Indigeneity, and gender/sexuality in Two Spirit identity (Queer Excursions, 2014). Her 2014 co-edited volume from Oxford University Press, Queer Excursions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexuality, was awarded the Ruth Benedict Book Prize from the Association for Queer Anthropology and the American Anthropological Association.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Indigenous Language and Identity; Language Revitalization & Documentation; Gender/Sexuality; Ethnographic and Research Methods; Native American and Indigenous Studies

Education

  • PhD Linguistics, University of Colorado 2013
  • MA Linguistics, University of Colorado 2007
  • BA English, Oklahoma State University 2005
  • BA Spanish, Oklahoma State University 2005

Distinctions / Awards

  • 2017-2018 Faculty Fellow, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
  • 2014 Ruth Benedict Book Prize for Queer Excursions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexuality
  • 2013-2014 Lymon T. Johson Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Kentucky.
  • 2011-2012 Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellowship in American Indian Studies, Yale University.

Grants

Courses

  • AIS 101: Intro to American Indian Studies
  • AIS 285: Indigenous Thinkers
  • AIS/ANTH 165: Lang & Culture in Native N. America
  • ANTH 372: Social Media & Digital Communication
  • ANTH 471: Ethnography through Language

Publications

Books

  • Talking Indian: Identity and Language Revitalization in the Chickasaw Renaissance.. . Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2018.
  • Queer Excursions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexualiy. . Ed. Lal Davis, Jenny L. Davis, and Joshua Raclaw. Oxford University Press, 2014.

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Book Contributions


  • Davis, Jenny L. "Intersections of Religion and Language Revitalization." The Changing World Religion Map. . Ed. Stanley Brunn. Springer, 2015. 1091-1101.

  • Davis, Jenny L., Lal Zimman, and Joshua Raclaw. "Opposites attract: Retheorizing binaries in language, gender, and sexuality." Queer Excursions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexualiy. . Oxford University Press, 2014. 1-12.

  • Davis, Jenny. "More than just ‘gay Indians’: Intersecting articulations of Two-Spirit gender, sexuality, and indigenousness." Queer Excursions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexualiy. . Oxford University Press, 2014. 62-80.

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