Christina P Davis

Primary Field
Linguistic Anthropology
Dr., Western Illinois University, Sociology and Anthropology Department
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Linguistic and sociocultural anthropology, sociolinguistics, multilingual education, conflict, semiotics, digital media, Tamil, medical anthropology

Christina P. Davis is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Western Illinois University. Her research and teaching interests concern intersections between multilingual language and media practices, multilingual education, and conflict, with a geographical focus on South Asia. Davis received her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Michigan under the advisement of Professors Judith T. Irvine, Thomas R. Trautmann, Webb Keane, and Barbra A. Meek. Her first book, The Struggle for a Multilingual Future: Youth and Education in Sri Lanka (Oxford Studies in the Anthropology of Language, Oxford University Press), examines the tension between ethnic conflict and multilingual education policy in the linguistic and social practices of Sri Lankan minority youth. She recently co-edited a special issue of Signs and Society, "Sign and Script in South Asia: Media and Semiotic Mediation," which includes her article, "Trilingual Blunders: Signboards, Social Media, and Transnational Sri Lankan Tamil Publics" Davis's other recent work appears 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 construction of Tamil identity and place in Wellawatte, a Tamil neighborhood in Colombo that is a site of transnational flow between resident and diasporic populations. At Western Illinois University she teaches Anthropology 110: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology 380: Language and Culture, Anthropology 419: Anthropological Theory, and Anthropology 210: Medical Anthropology. She is also Book Review Editor of the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. Please visit for more information.

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
South and Central Asia