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 the intersections between language and media practices, educational inequality, and youth in conflict situations, with a geographical focus on South Asia.

Her first book, “Language in Conflict: Ethnic Minority Youth during the Sri Lankan Civil War” (Oxford University Press, 2019), explores how ethnic conflict and multilingual education policies play out in the social and linguistic practices of Tamil and Muslim girls.

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

Her current research project investigates the politics of multilingual media (public signs, advertisements, and social media) in relation to interactional practices among Tamil speakers in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Toronto, Canada.  

Please see my CV for a current list of talks, publications, and courses.


  • 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
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