College of Arts & Sciences Anthropology

Dona Davis

Dona Davis
Professor
Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences
UE East Hall 318
Phone: 605-677-5593
Bio:
Dr. Davis has written co-edited or edited nine books, published over sixty-five peer reviewed book chapter or journal articals and has presented numerous papers at national and international research conferences.
Teaching Interests:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Human Sexuality, Cross-Cultural Study of Gender, Medical Anthropology, Psychological Anthropology, Ethnographic Methods, World Ethnology, Social Science Writing, Collection and Analysis of Narrative Data, Twins and Twin Studies, Anthropology of Sport.
Research Interests:
Medical Anthropology, Psychological Anthropology, Human Sexuality, Maritime Anthropology, North Atlantic Fishing Societies, Anthropology of Aging, Women's Studies, Newfoundland Culture and Society, Canadian Studies, Anthropology of the Body, Scandinavian Society and Culture, Twin Studies, Human-Animal Relationships
Education:
  • Ph D, Anthropology, University of North Carolina, 1980
  • MA, Anthropology, University of North Carolina, 1971
  • BA, Anthropology, University of North Carolina, 1970
Research:
  • Faculty Research Fund, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Tromso, (2003)
Publications:
  • Maurstad, A., Davis, D., Cowles, S., Co-being and Intra-action in Horse-Human Relationships: A Multi-species ethnography of be(coming) human and be(coming) horse., Social Anthropology, vol. 21, iss. 3, pp. 322-335. (DOI: 10.1111/1469-8676.12029)
  • Davis, D., Maurstad, A., Cowles, S., , Riding up forested mountain sides, in wide open spaces, and with walls; Developing an ecology of horse-human realtionships, Humanimalia, vol. 4, iss. 2, pp. 1-19.
  • Davis, D., Maurstad, A., , , Dean, S., (2014), My Horse Is My Therapist: The Medicalization of pleausre among women Equestrians, American Anthropological Assoc, p. 22. (DOI: 10.111/maq.1262)
  • Davis, D., (2014), Twins Talk: What Twins Tell Us about Person, Self and Society, Ohio University Press, iss. 1, p. 322.
  • Davis, D., Maurstad, A., Dean, S., (2014), I'd rather wear out than rust out': autobiologies of ageing equestriennes, Ageing and Society, p. 23. (DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X14001172)
  • Maurstad, A., Davis, D., Dean, S., What's underfoot: Emplacing Identity among horse-human pairs.
  • Cowles, S., Davis, D., (2013), Krusty and other sexagenerians: Self-stylings of aging equestrienne time rebels, Teaching Anthropology: SACC Notes, vol. 19, iss. 1 & 2, pp. 29-33.
  • Davis, D., Maurstad, A., Cowles, S., My horse is my therapist: The medicalization of pleasure among a sample of equestriennes, Medical Anthropology Quarterly.
  • Davis, D., (2011), Method and Theory, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, vol. 17, pp. 659-660.
  • Davis, D., Davis, D., , (2010), "Dualing Memories: Twinship and the Disembodiment of Identity.", Berghahn Press, iss. 1, pp. 129-149.
  • Davis, D., Davis, D., , (2010), "I-We, Me-You, Us-Them: Navigating the Hyphens of Intersubjectivity Among Sets of Identical Twins.", Sean Kingston Press, pp. 122-142.
  • Davis, D., Gronseth, A. S., (2010), Mutuality and Empathy: Self and Other in the Ethnographic Encounter, Sean Kingston Press.
  • Davis, D., (2007), Same and Different/Fair and Balanced: An Anthropological Analysis of Identical Twins and the Embodiment of Core Cultural Values in North America, iss. 10:27.
  • Davis, D., (2006), Psychiatry and Sexual Health, Jason Aronson Press.
  • Davis, D., (2003), Changing Body Aesthetics: Diet and Exercise Fads in a Newfoundland Outport Community, State University of New York Press, pp. 201-226.
  • Davis, D., (2003), In the Beginning: Region, Crisis and Occupational Choice Among Newfoundlands Youth, University of Toronto Press, pp. 177-198.
  • Davis, D., (2002), Can here Be a Feminist Sociobiology? A Critical Assessment of Evolutions of Human Sexuality, iss. 5, pp. 22-38.
  • Davis, D., (2000), Commentary: Anything Goes, Cultura Polaris, vol. 6, iss. 4, pp. 24-26.
  • Davis, D., (2000), Gendered Cultures of Conflict and Discontent: Living the Crisis in a Newfoundland Community, vol. 23, iss. 3, pp. 343-353.
  • Davis, D., Gerrard, S., (2000), Introduction: Gender and Resource Crises in North Atlantic Fisheries, iss. 23(3), pp. 279-286.
  • Davis, D., (2000), Me, Myself, Menopause and I, Routledge, pp. 69-80.
  • Davis, D., (1999), Changing Constructions of Gender and Community in a Newfoundland Fishing Village, University of Tromso, pp. 145-153.
  • Davis, D., (1999), Kjonn i Spenning i Newfoundland Fiskevaere, Universitet i Tromso, vol. 1, pp. 183-190.
  • Davis, D., (1998), Biological Essentialist versus Social Constructionist Approaches to Human Sexuality: The Debate Continues, vol. 35, iss. 3, pp. 426-428.
  • Davis, D., (1998), Presentation of Self, vol. 2, pp. 12-13.
  • Davis, D., (1998), The Sexual Disorders of DSM-IV: A Critical Review, vol. 35, iss. (3), pp. 403-414.
  • Davis, D., (1997), Blood and Nerves Revisited: Menopause and the Body Private in a Newfoundland Post Industrial Fishery, vol. II, iss. 1, pp. 3-20 and Author's Reply 24-25.
  • Davis, D., (1997), Cultural Sensitivity and Sexual Disorders, American Psychiatric Press, Inc., vol. 3, pp. 951-058.
  • Davis, D., (1997), Gender, Culture and the Sea, Taylor and Francis.
  • Davis, D., (1997), Nerves as Status and Nerves as Stigma: Idioms of Distress and Social Action in Newfoundland and Norway, vol. 7, iss. 3, pp. 370-390.
  • Davis, D., (1997), Sexual Motivation and Culture, Routledge.
  • Davis, D., (1996), Cultural Sensitivity and the Sexual Disorders of DSM-IV: Review and Assessment, American Psychiatric Association Press, pp. 191-208.
  • Davis, D., (1995), Household, Gender and Generation: Mainstreaming on the margins of Newfoundland's Post-Industrial Fishery, Avebury Press.
  • Davis, D., (1995), Recent Innovations in Human Sexuality Research: A Review Essay, iss. 32, pp. 178-182.
  • Davis, D., (1995), The Cultural Constructions of Menstruation, Menopause and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Prentice Hall.
  • Davis, D., (1995), The Sexual Disorders, NIMH Group on Culture, Diagnosis and Care.
  • Davis, D., (1995), Women in an Uncertain Age: Crisis and Change in a Newfoundland Fishery, Killick Press.
  • Davis, D., (1989), Gender, Health and Illness: The Case of Nerves, Hemisphere Press.
  • Davis, D., (1989), Special Issue: "Health, Culture and the Nature of Nerves", Medical Anthropology, vol. 11, iss. (1).
  • Davis, D., (1988), Special Issue: "Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Nerves", Social Science and Medicine, vol. 26, iss. (12).
  • Davis, D., (1988), To Work and to Weep: Women in Fishing Economies, Memorial University Institute of Social and Economic Research Press.
  • Davis, D., (1983), Blood and Nerves: An Ethnographic Focus on Menopause, Memorial University Institute of Social and Economic Research Press.
Awards and Honors:
  • SACC Student Award for Academic Excellence, Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges, 2011
  • Harrington Lecture, College of Arts and Sciences/USD, 2007
  • Visiting Professor, University of Tromso, Tromso, Norway, 1993
  • Advisory Board, International Journal of Canadian Studies, 1992
  • Full Membership in Sigma Xi, Sigma Xi: The National Science Honors Society, 1988
  • National Faculty Exchange, University of North Dakota Medical School, 1987
  • Faculty Achievement Award, Burlington Northern Foundation, 1986
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of South Dakota Board of Regents, 1984
  • Honor Society Membership, Alpha Kappa Delta: National Sociology Honor Society, 1981
  • Lamda Alpha: National Anthropology Honor Society, Lamda Alpha, 1981
Presentations:
  • Davis, D., Maurstad, A., Cowles, S. "My horse is my therapist: The medicalization of pleasure among a sample of women equestrains. Presented at the EASA Medical Anthropology Network and AAA society for Medical Anthropology, Tarragona, Spain.
  • Cowles, S., Davis, D. Krusty and other sexagenerains: Heroic self-stylings of Aging among Equestreinne time Rebels. Presented at the SACC Annual Meetings, Austin, TX.
  • Davis, D., Anita Maurstad, Sarah Cowles, (2013, November). "I'd rather wear out than rust out": Autobiologies of Aging Equestreinnes. Presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Chicago IL.
  • Davis, D., , , (2013, November). Personality, Identity and Play: Anthropomorphism and Affect as Process and Product in Human Horse Relations. Presented at the Affective Animals, International Symposium, Joensuu, Finland.
  • Maurstad, A., Davis, D., Cowles, S. (2013, August). What's underfoot: Emplacing identity in practice among horse-human pairs. Presented at the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Manchester, England.
  • Davis, D., , A., , S., , (2012, November). "Barn Banter": Exploring the borderlands between anthropomorphism of horses and the equine-o-morphism of humans.. Presented at the American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, san Francisco, CA.
  • , A., Davis, D., , S., , (2012, July). Be(com)ing human, be(com)ing horse: Co-being in horse-human relationships . Presented at the Minding Animals Conference, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • Davis, D., , A., , S. (2012, May). 'Riding with walls', up forested mountain sides and in wide open spaces: Developing an ecology of horse-human relationships . Presented at the Canadian Sociiology Association, Guelph, Ontario.
  • Davis, D. (2011, October). Horse People and horse led Lives: A Multi-Species Perspective on Identity and Community in South Dakota. Presented at the Plains Anthropology Conference, Tuscon AZ.
  • Davis, D. (2011, April). Student Creativity Flourishes. Presented at the SACC, Omaha, NB.
  • Davis, D. (2007, November). Sharing Bodies: Pleasures of 'Acting the Part' at Twins Festivals. Presented at the 106th American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington, DC.
  • Davis, D. (2007, June). Same and Different/Fair and Balanced: An Anthropological Analysis of Identical Twins and the Embodiment of Core Cultural Values in North America. Presented at the 12th International Congress on Twin Studies, Ghent, Belgium.
  • Davis, D. (2007, March). How to Perfect an Academic Abstract. Presented at the Invited Workshop, Women's Studies Department, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2007, March). Contemporary Perspectives for Gendering Your Healthcare Research. Presented at the Invited Workshop, Women's Studies Department, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2006). Twins Talk: What Twins Tell us about Person, Self and Identity in Usan Society. Presented at the Department of Social Anthropology, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2006, December). What Anthropologists Learn When They Talk To Identical Twins. Presented at the Invited Lecture Faculty of Social Sciences, Trondheim, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2006, September). Dualing Memories: Twinship and the Emponiement of Identity. Presented at the European Association of Social Anthropology Meetings, Bristol, UK.
  • Davis, D. (2006, July). How Gender Came to Fish. Presented at the Invited Plenary Speaker, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2006, June). How Gender Came to fish: The challenge of Gendering Knowledge Production. Presented at the Gender and Fisheries Conference, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2006, June). The New Old Family Values: The Politicized Family and Its Consequences for Women's Agency and Sexuality. Presented at the Kvinnforsk Seminar Series on the Family, Tromso Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2006, May). So Now You Are an Anthropologist: Where Can You Go from Here. Presented at the Distinguished Alumni Graduation Lecture, Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Davis, D. (2006, February). Brokeback Mountain: A Through the Lens View of Class and Sexuality in the United States. Presented at the Kvinnforsk, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2006, February). Selves and Others in Ethnographic Encounters. Presented at the Center of Women's Studies and Woman in Research, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2006, February). Twins, Kinship and Gender in North America. Presented at the Center of Women's Studies and Woman in Research, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2006, February). Practical Advice for Getting Published in Peer Review, English Language, Social Science Journals. Presented at the Kvinnforsk, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D., (2005). Like to Peas in a Pod, NOT! A Life-Cycle Approach to Embodiment and Identity among Identical Twins. Presented at the American Anthropological Association Meetings, San Francisco, CA.
  • Davis, D. (2004, September). I-We, Me-You, Us-Them: Navigating the Hyphens of Intersubjectivity among Sets of Identical Twins. Presented at the European Social Anthropological Association Meetings, Vienna, Austria.
  • Davis, D. (2004, July). Acting the Part: Identity Politics and the Performance of Twinship at Twins Festivals in the USA. Presented at the 11th International Conference on Twin Studies, Odense, Denmark.
  • Davis, D. (2004, May). Twin Tropes: Bridging Same and Different with Fair and Equal. Presented at the Invited Lecture, Department of Anthropology, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
  • Davis, D. (2004, April). Twins Talk: Narrative of Being Same and Different. Presented at the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges, Montreal Quebec, Canada.
  • Davis, D. (2003, March). Little Blue Pills and the Medical Politics of Sex: Challenges to the Globalization of Sexual Well Being. Presented at the Distinguished Alumni Lecture, Department of Anthropology, Greensboro, NC.
  • Davis, D. (2003, March). The Gendered Impacts of Fisheries Policies: A Cross-National Comparison. Presented at the One Step Forward: Assessing the Status and Treatment of Women in the New Century: An International Conference, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD.
  • Davis, D. (2002). Contemporary Perspective on Gender. Presented at the Series of 7 Double Lectures, Department of Social Anthropology, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2002, April). Anthropologies of Pleasure: Food and Culture. Presented at the Series of 7 Double Lectures, Department of Social Anthropology, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2001). Use and Abuse of Narrative Data in Anthropology. Presented at the Series of Four Double Lectures and Workshop, Department of Social Anthropology, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2001, April). Can There Be a Feminist Sociobiology?. Presented at the Invited Lecture for Feminist Theory and Research Seminar, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2001, April). Sex, Psychiatry, and the Politics of Knowledge: An International Perspective. Presented at the Invited Lecture, Medical Anthropology, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (2001, March). Fish, Sex, and Menopause: Midlife and Anthropology in the Margins of Academia. Presented at the Invited Lecture, Hartford, CT.
  • Davis, D. (2000, June). Epidemiology of the Sexual Dysfunctions. Presented at the Meetings of World Psychiatry Association Sexual Health Working Group, New York, New York.
  • Davis, D. (2000, May). Responsibility and Accountability: Linking the Local and Global. Presented at the International Conference of Gender and Globalization of the Fisheries, St. John's Newfoundland, Canada.
  • Davis, D. (2000, May). Presented at the Meetings of World Psychiatry Association Sexual Health Working Group, New York, New York.
  • Davis, D. (2000, April). Medicalization from a Gendered Perspective. Presented at the Invited Lecture, Graduate School of Nursing, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (1998, September). 'Nerves': Psychiatric Syndrome or Idiom of Distress?. Presented at the International Medical Sociology Research Conference, Bergen, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (1998, September). Current Issues in the Development of a culturally Sensitive Psychiatry. Presented at the International Medical Sociology Research Conference, Bergen, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (1998, March). Gendered Constructions of Self and Identity in Newfoundland and North Norwegian Coastal Communities. Presented at the KJONN OG KYST (Gender and Coast) Conference, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (1997, June). Changing Constructions of Gender and Community: Then and Now. Presented at the Canadian Anthropology Associatino Symposium on Internalizing Identity, St. John's, Newfoundland.
  • Davis, D. (1997, April). Reinventing Community as Lived Experience and Social Relations: A Newfoundland Case Study. Presented at the Conference on Changing Conception of Community, Tromso, Norway.
  • Davis, D. (1997, April). The Continuing Importance of Community in Anthropology. Presented at the Conference on Changing Conception of Communities, Tromso, Norway.