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Amira Rose Davis, Ph.D.

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Amira Rose Davis, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins University, 2016

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Over the course of the fellowship year, Dr. Davis began revisions on her book manuscript: “Can’t Eat a Medal”: The Lives and Labors of Black Women Athletes in the Age of Jim Crow. She is also currently working on two forthcoming publications. The first is a journal article entitled, “The Right to Wear Silk: Black Womanhood and the Fisk Student Protests of 1925”. The second publication is a chapter about Michelle Cercey, a black teenager who served as a torchbearer for the 1977 International Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas. This piece will be included in an upcoming anthology in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the political gathering and will document black women’s participation. In addition to participating in ARC Workshops Dr. Davis organized the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center’s annual Emerging Scholars Workshop and contributed to the Department of African American Studies’ Sawyer Seminar grant application to the Mellon Foundation. Dr. Davis gave invited talks on race, sports and activism at The University of Texas, Notre Dame University and Penn State University’s newly formed Center for the Study of Sports and Society. Dr. Davis also guest lectured in the following courses: The African American Woman, Social Movements in the United States, African American History, and Modern American History. She will present two papers at the upcoming Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Gender and Sexualities. Recently, she was selected to participate in a NEH Summer Seminar on Gender and the State. Dr. Davis will remain at Penn State University in the fall as she begins a tenure-track appointment in the Departments of History and Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies.