Joanna Davidson

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

Emory University, Ph.D. Anthropology
232 Bay State Road

Joanna Davidson is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Associate Director of the Kilachand Honors College at Boston University. Davidson has conducted long-term ethnographic research in Guinea-Bissau focused on rural West Africans’ responses to environmental and economic change, as well as transformations in marriage and gender relations. She is the author of Sacred Rice: Identity, Environment, and Development in Rural West Africa (Oxford University Press, 2016) and the co-editor of Narrating Illness: Prospects and Constraints (Oxford Interdisciplinary Press, 2016). Her current book project focuses on widowhood, women’s songs, and naming practices among rural Jola in Guinea-Bissau. Prior to becoming an academic anthropologist, Joanna worked for several years with a range of progressive non-governmental international development organizations in Africa and Latin America on issues such as refugee resettlement, indigenous rights, women’s and rural development, and social entrepreneurship.

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