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Patricia Davis

Associate Professor    

Ph.D., University of California at San Diego, Communication, 2009
M.A., Ohio State University, Rhetoric
B.A., Howard University, Marketing


Patricia Davis (Ph.D. University of California, San Diego) is a critical/cultural studies scholar whose research and teaching lies at the nexus of rhetoric and media studies. She studies public memory, identity, race, gender, and representation. Her book, “Laying Claim: African American Cultural Memory and Southern Identity” (University of Alabama Press, 2016) won the Best Book Award from the American Studies Division of the National Communication Association in 2017, and from the Critical/Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication studies Association in 2018. Her essays have appeared in The Southern Communication Journal, Text and Performance Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, and The Journal of Intercultural and International Communication, as well as a number of edited collections. She is currently working on a book foregrounding the corporeality of black women’s bodies with respect to rhetorics of respectability. She has taught courses on public memory, media ethics, race and gender in the media and popular culture, and communication and diversity.


Davis, Patricia G. (2016). Laying Claim: African American Cultural Memory and Southern  Identity. University of Alabama Press

Davis, Patricia G. (2018). “They’re Just Trying to Keep a Black Man Down: The (Not So) Curious Case of R. Kelly.” Feminist Media Studies18(3). 494-497

Davis, Patricia G. (2017). “Reversal of Injury in the Obama Era: Shelby County v. Holder, Ressentiment,Moral Authority and the Discursive Construction of White Victimhood.” Rhetoric Review36 (4), 255-347 (section).

Davis, Patricia (2016). “Commemorative Places, Political Spaces: Virginia Indians, the Jamestown Quadricentennial, and the Quest for Sovereignty,” Journal of International and Intercultural Communication (3), 222-239.

Davis, Patricia (2013). “Memoryscapes in Transition: Black History Museums, New South Narratives, and Urban Regeneration,” Southern Communication Journal 78 (2) 107-127.

Davis, Patricia G. (2012). “The OtherSouthern Belles: Civil War Reenactment, African American Women, and the Performance of Idealized Femininity,” Text and Performance Quarterly 32 (4) 308-331.