Dr. Shardé M. Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut and the creator of the popular hashtag #BlackintheIvory.
Her research examines the way Black women leverage communication in the sistah circle to invoke collective identity, erect and fortify the boundaries around their homeplace, and backfill the necessary resources to return to white/male dominant spaces in American society. These ideas have been published in over 30 peer-refereed articles and invited book chapters, and are best represented in her theory, The Strong Black Woman Collective.
Her research was formally recognized with the 2018 American Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Association of University Women and the 2019 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, as well as over 40 awards and honors.
She is involved in various professional communities around the nation, and her service includes serving as the Chair of the African American Communication and Culture Division (AACCD) of the National Communication Association.
Aside from her academic pursuits, Dr. Davis volunteers her time to organizations and non-profits that support the overall livelihood of Black women and other people of color in the greater Hartford community.
Date: 28 October 2020