Jennifer L Davis

Chancellor's Fellow

20072019
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Personal profile

Research Interests

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

Personal profile

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 is the 2019-2021 Chancellor's Fellow of Indigenous Research & Ethics, and serves as the UIUC campus NAGPRA officer.

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 2018 book from the University of Arizona Press, Talking Indian: Identity and Language Revitalization in the Chickasaw Renaissance received the 2019 Beatrice Medicine Award for Best Monograph inAmerican Indian Studies. It 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, 2017); the intersections of gender and sexuality in language revitalization (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.

Research Interests

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

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

Teaching

  • AIS 101: Intro to American Indian Studies
  • AIS/ANTH 165: Lang & Culture in Native N. America
  • ANTH 270: Language in Culture
  • AIS 285: Indigenous Thinkers
  • ANTH 372: Social Media & Digital Communication
  • ANTH 471: Ethnography through Language
  • ANTH 515: NAGPRA & Repatriation in US Context
  • ANTH 499: NAGPRA & Ethics

Office Address

607 S. Matthews Ave, M/C 148
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois 61801

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Research Output 2007 2019

Renaissance
language
ethnic group
Homelands
social reality

Queer Excursions: Retheorizing Binaries in Language, Gender, and Sexuality

Zimman, L. (ed.), Davis, J. L. (ed.) & Raclaw, J. (ed.), 2014, Oxford University Press. 256 p. (Studies in Language and Gender)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

sexuality
gender
language
community research
stigmatization
anthropology
cultural anthropology
methodology
reflexivity
social scientist
endangerment
rhetoric
language
community
tactics

Language affiliation and ethnolinguistic identity in Chickasaw language revitalization

Davis, J. L., Mar 1 2016, In : Language and Communication. 47, p. 100-111 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Semiotics
Linguistics
Language
language
Language Revitalization

Activities 2015 2017

  • 4 Invited talk

Honors & Recognition

Ruth Benedict Prize

Lal Zimman (Recipient), Jennifer L Davis (Recipient) & Joshua Raclaw (Recipient), 2014

Prize

normativity
gender
discourse
queer theory