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Amira Rose Davis

Amira Rose Davis

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Richards Civil War Era Center and the Africana Research Center

Office Address: 114 Pond Lab
Mailing Address: 108 Weaver Building

University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-0699


Amira Rose Davis received her doctorate in History from Johns Hopkins University in 2016. Her research interests include African-American gender history, sports, politics, and the history of black institutions. Her dissertation, “Watch What We Do: The Politics and Possibilities of Black Women’s Athletics, 1910-1970” examines the intellectual and institutional development of recreational, competitive and professional sporting opportunities for black women in the United States. In tracing the long history of black women’s athletic participation, this research explores the ways in which gendered power dynamics, particularly intra-racial ones, mediated black Americans’ engagement with athletics and physical culture. The study draws on a wide array of sources including black newspapers, black college and university records and oral histories. Her article “No League of their Own: Baseball, Black Women and the Politics of Representation,” is forthcoming from Radical History Review. She will spend her fellowship year completing follow up oral history interviews, working on an article on black college protests in the 1920s and revising her dissertation for publication.