Christina Davis

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Christina Davis.

Research Interests

Christina Davis’s research interests concern intersections between language and 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.

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She is the co-editor of a special issue of Signs and Society , "Sign and Script in South Asia: Media and Semeiotic Mediation," and Language, Education, and Identity: Medium in South Asia (Routledge, forthcoming July 2021).

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

She is currently working on a collaborative research project on ideologies of mother tongue and global English in India and Sri Lanka.

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, Semiotics, 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