Christina Davis

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Christina Davis.

Research Interests

Christina Davis’s research interests concern intersections between language and digital media practices, multilingual education, and ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka and India. Her first book,  The Struggle for a Multilingual Future: Youth and Education in Sri Lanka (Oxford University Press, 2020), examines the tension between ethnic conflict and multilingual education policy in the linguistic and social practices of Sri Lankan minority youth.

Cover for The Struggle for a Multilingual Future

She is the co-editor of a special issue of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology , "Judith T. Irvine and the Social Life of Scholarship" (2021) and a special issue of Signs and Society , "Sign and Script in South Asia: Media and Semeiotic Mediation" (2020). She also co-edited the volume, Language, Education, and Identity: Medium in South Asia (Routledge, 2022).

Her recent articles appear in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (2012, 2021), Signs and Society, International Journal of the Sociology of Language , Anthropology & Education Quarterly , and Language & Communication.

She is currently working on a a project on the configuration of a Colombo Tamil neighborhood in relation to digital media and face-to-face interactions.

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

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  • 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, sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, anthropological theory and methods, social media, 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 409