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Amira Rose Davis

Amira Rose Davis

Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies

314 Weaver Building
University Park , PA 16802

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D, Johns Hopkins University, 2016
  2. M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 2013
  3. B.A., Temple University, 2011
  4. Bs.Ed, Temple University, 2011


I am an Assistant Professor of History and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Penn State University where she specializes in 20th Century American History with an emphasis on race, gender, sports and politics. She is currently working on her book manuscript, “Can’t Eat a Medal”: The Lives and Labors of Black Women Athletes in the Age of Jim Crow which traces the long history of black women's athletic labor and symbolic representation. Additionally, Davis provides sports commentary and opinion writing for public venues such as NPR, ESPN, CBC and BBC and is the co-host of the feminist sports podcast, Burn It All Down. 

Recent Publications:

"No League of Their Own: Baseball, Black Women and the Politics of Representation," Radical History Review, Issue 125, May 2016

“On the Courts of Druid Hill: Lucy Diggs Slowe and the Rise of Organized Black Tennis” in Baltimore Sports History: Stories from Charm City, ed. Daniel Nathan. Sport, Culture, and Society Series, University of Arkansas Press, August 2016

Recent Courses:

Hist 021 American Civilization Since 1877
Hist 4?? America in the 1960s
His/WGSS Gender and Sexuality in Sport
His/Afam Race and Sports

Research Interests:

20th Century US History, African American History, Sports History, Labor History

Areas of Specialization:

Twentieth Century U.S.: