Jenny L. Davis

Chancellor's Fellow, Assistant Professor

20072020

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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); 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 285: Indigenous Thinkers
ANTH 165: Lang & Culture in Native N. America
ANTH 270: Language in Culture
ANTH 372: Social Media & Digital Communication
ANTH 374: Anthropology of Science & Technology
ANTH 471: Ethnography through Language
ANTH 499: NAGPRA & Ethics
ANTH 515: NAGPRA & Repatriation in US Context
ANTH 515: Queer Anthropology

Honors & Awards

2020-2021 Helen Corley Petit Scholar, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2019-2021 Chancellor's Fellow of Indigenous Research & Ethics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2019 The Beatrice Medicine Award for Best Monograph in American Indian Studies from the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures and the Native American Literature Symposium
2017-2019 Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors (LEAP) Scholar, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
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

2017 PI: NSF/DEL, "Language Documentation Technologies and Methodologies Workshop for the American Anthropological Association Meeting," $16, 579.00
2015-2016 IPRH Research Cluster, with Dr. Ryan Shosted, “Indigenous Languages in Diaspora”. Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH). University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Office Address

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

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Research Output

  • 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

  • Activities

    • 4 Invited talk

    Honors & Recognition

  • Helen Corley Petit Scholar 2020-2021

    Jenny L. Davis (Recipient), 2020

    Prize: Honorary award

  • Ruth Benedict Prize

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

    Prize