Professor Jane Davis' areas of expertise include: African American literature and other aspects of American literature, mid-19th century to the present; multicultural literature; South African literature; science fiction; literature and environment; modern literature; Existentialism; and incorporating film into courses in order to take an interdisciplinary approach to literary education and to give the cultural contexts of works. Her Ph.D. is from Stanford University in two subjects: Modern Thought and Literature; and Humanities. Before coming to TSU, she was Literature Coordinator in the English Department at Iowa State University.
Professor Davis' publications include The White Image in the Black Mind: A Study of African American Literature, which was named one of the Outstanding Books of 2000 by the Association of Academic and Research Libraries. She has participated in several National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institutes and Seminars, including Race and Slavery in American Literature at University of California, Berkeley; Africa and the Modern Experience at Ohio State University; Emergent [Multicultural] American Literature at Baruch College, CUNY. In the summer of 2005, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Chicago.
Professor Davis notes: "I am originally (proudly!) from Newark, NJ, lived in New York for a long time, and much of my family is in Atlanta, so all of these places area part of me as a person and a teacher.
I look upon education as interactive, rigorous, and transformative: in short, education is one of the highest values in life!"
Languages, Literature, and Philosophy