Christina Davis

Associate Professor of Anthropology

[Anthropology demands] "the open-mindedness with which one must look and listen, record in astonishment and wonder that which one would not have been able to guess."  ~ Margaret Mead 1935

Christina Davis.

Research Interests

Christina Davis’s research interests concern intersections between multilingual language and media practices, education, and ethnic conflict, with a geographical focus on South Asia. Her first book,  The Struggle for a Multilingual Future: Youth and Education in Sri Lanka (Forthcoming, Oxford University Press), examines the tension between ethnic conflict and multilingual education policy in the linguistic and social practices of Sri Lankan minority youth.

Her recent peer-reviewed articles appear in  Signs and Society (forthcoming); the  International Journal of the Sociology of Language, Anthropology & Education Quarterly, Language & Communication , and the  Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.

Her current research project investigates multilingual media politics in relation to face-to-face interactions in Colombo, Sri Lanka and the Tamil Canadian diaspora.

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She is the Book Review Editor for the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology


  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2011
  • Certificate Degree in South Asian Studies, University of Michigan, 2011
  • M.A. in Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2003
  • B.A in Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2001

Teaching Areas

Linguistic Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, Anthropological Theory, and South Asian Studies.


  • Anthropology 110: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • Anthropology 210: Medical Anthropology
  • Anthropology 305: Applied Anthropological Methods
  • Anthropology 380: Language and Culture
  • Anthropology 419: Anthropological Theory

Contact Info

Office: Morgan Hall 401

Phone: (309) 298-1369