Dr. Shardé Davis, Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Connecticut, will be hosted as a Visiting Scholar by the Department of Communication Studies on February 16, 2022.
Her talk, "From the Margins to the Center: An Examination of Black Women's Communicative Resistance," will be broadcast on Zoom at 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. as part of the department's spring colloquium series. Contact Dawn O. Braithwaite for the event link.
Davis' research examines the way Black women leverage communication in the sistah circle to invoke collective identity, erect and fortify the boundaries around their homeplace, and backfill the necessary reosurces to return to white/male dominant spaces in American society.
These ideas have been published in over 40 peer-refereed articles and invited book chapters, and are best represented in her theory, The Strong Black Woman Collective. Her research was formally recognized with the 2018 American Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Association of University Women and the 2019 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Davis created the Twitter hashtag #BlackintheIvory, which extended a timely opportunity for Blackademic TRUTHtellers to share personal instances about anti-Black racism in academia.
She is the inaugural recipient of the 2021-22 Faculty of Color Working Group Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to edit a new book for #BlackintheIvory to be published in 2023 by the University of North Carolina Press.