Carol A. Bunch Davis

Carol A. Bunch Davis

Associate Professor
and Assistant Department Head

Department of Liberal Studies (English)

davisc@tamug.edu

+1 (409) 740-4425

EDUCATION

2007 Ph.D. English University of Southern California
1998 M.A. English University of Houston-Clear Lake 
1990 B.A. Communication Trinity University

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS/EMPLOYMENT

2015  Texas A&M University Galveston Campus, Department of Liberal Studies
Associate Professor
2008 Texas A&M University Galveston Campus, Department of Liberal Studies
Assistant Professor
2003 Texas A&M University Galveston Campus, Department of Liberal Studies
Lecturer

PUBLICATIONS

Books

2015 Prefiguring Postblackness:  Cultural Memory, Drama and the African American    Freedom Struggle of the 1960s. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2015.

Peer Reviewed Articles

2012 “‘Ghost(s) in the House!’: Black Subjectivity & Cultural Memory in Howard Sackler’s The Great White Hope.MELUS. 37.3 (2012):71-95.
2001 “(Re)figuring the Soldier in the Black South: Geto Boys, TRU and Figurative Language.” Black Arts Quarterly 16:2(2001): 15-17.

Book Chapters

2017 “Be Loyal to Yourselves: Jim Crow Segregation, Black Cultural Nationalism & U.S. Cultural Memory” in Critical Insights: The Civil Rights, Literature, Past & Present. Christopher Varlack, ed. Amenia, NY: Gray House Press, 2017. 36-52.

Encyclopedias

2011

with Alexis Skinner. “A Raisin in the Sun.” Icons of African American Literature: The   Black Literary World. Yolanda Williams Page, ed. Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press,   2011. 345-366.
“Adrienne Kennedy.” Great Lives From History: African Americans. Carl L. Bankston III, ed. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2011. 928-930.

2009 “Sonia Sanchez.”  The Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature. Tarshia Stanley, ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. 208-209.
2008 Pimp: The Story of My Life.” The Encyclopedia of Hip Hop Literature. Tarshia Stanley,    ed. Westport, CT:  Greenwood Press, 2008. 184-185.
2007 “Alice Childress.”  Encyclopedia of African American Women Writers. Yolanda Williams Page, ed.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007. 79-84.

Book Reviews

2012 Rev. of Living with Lynching: African American Lynching Plays, Performance and    Citizenship, 1890-1930 by Koritha Mitchell. Arkansas Review. 43.1(2012): 60-61.
2009 Rev. of The Regal Theater and Black Culture by Clovis Semmes. Callaloo. 32.1 (2009):    314-317.
2003 Rev. of Southern Women Playwrights: New Essays in Literary History and Criticism eds. Robert McDonald and Linda Rohrer Page.  Theatre Journal. 55.4 (2003): 742-743.

Manuscripts in Preparation

2017 Time to Live: The Sylvester Outley Story (proposal completed internal review at Trinity University Press and awaiting completed manuscript for external review)
2017 Bad-Shaped & Funny-Made: Reflections on Black Southern Living performed by David Mitchell. Written by Carol Bunch Davis and David Mitchell. Solo performance piece.

AWARDS AND HONORS

2016 Finalist, Benjamin Hooks Center for Social Change National Book Award for    Outstanding Book on the Civil Rights Movement and its Legacy 
Prefiguring Postblackness: Cultural Memory, Drama and the African American Freedom Struggle of the 1960s.
2009 TAMU System Student-Led Award for Teaching Excellence (SLATE)

GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

2016 Fellow Columbia University Summer Teachers and Scholars Institute for Research in African American Studies
2015 Texas A & M System Program Grant to Enhance Scholarly & Creative Activity (PESCA)
2015 TAMU System Faculty Development Leave Grant for Fall 2016
2015 Texas A & M at Galveston Administrative Leadership Fellowship in the Office of the   Vice President of Academic Affairs & Chief Academic Officer
2012 Popular Culture Association Marshall Fishwick Travel Award For American   Culture/Popular Culture Research
2011 Texas A & M System Program Grant to Enhance Scholarly & Creative Activity (PESCA)
2010 Texas A & M System Program Grant to Enhance Scholarly & Creative Activity (PESCA)

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Papers Presented

2016 “Preaching Freedom in the Cottonpatch: Purlie Victorious and the Politics of Representation” European Association for American Studies (EAAS) Biennial Conference. Constanta, Romania, April 22-25.
2016 “Time to Live: Sylvester Outley, Retrieve Prison Farm and the Question of Agency” Popular Culture Association (PCA), African American Culture Panel, Seattle, WA, March 22-25, 2016.
2015 “Jim Crow, Black Cultural Nationalism and U.S. Cultural Memory in Ossie Davis’ Purlie Victorious” Popular Culture Association Annual Conference (PCA), African American Culture Panel, New Orleans, LA, April 1-5.
2014 “Jim Crow, Black Cultural Nationalism and U.S. Cultural Memory in Ossie Davis’ Purlie Victorious” South Central Modern Language Association Annual Conference (SCMLA), African American Literature Panel “Black Nationalisms” Austin, TX, October 21-23.
2013 “Rewriting Cultural Memory of the 1960s in Alice Childress’ Wine in the Wilderness”   Media and Civil Rights History Biennial Symposium, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, March 21-23.
2012

“Cultural Memory of the 1960s in Childress’ Wine in the Wilderness” American Literature Association Annual Conference (ALA), San Francisco, CA, May 23-27.

“Prefiguring Postblackness in Charles Gordone’s No Place to Be Somebody: A Black Black Comedy in Three Acts” Popular Culture Association (PCA), African American   Culture Panel, Boston, MA, April 11-13.

2011

“Identity and Cultural Memory in Alice Childress' Wine in the Wilderness” Popular Culture Association (PCA), Cultural Memory Panel, San Antonio, TX, April 20-23.

“Rewriting Cultural Memory of the 1960s in Alice Childress’ Wine in the Wilderness”   South Central    Modern Language Association (SCMLA) Annual Conference,    Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities Panel, Hot Springs, AR. October 27-30.

2010 “‘Ghost(s) in the House!’: Jack Johnson, Muhammad Ali and Howard Sackler’s The Great White Hope American Literature Association Annual Conference (ALA), San Francisco, CA, May 27-30.
2009 “Talking B(l)ack: Class and “Authentic Blackness” in Alice Childress’ Wine in the Wilderness at Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC), Theatre History Symposium    Panel, Chicago, IL. March 22-25.
2008 “Brother Outsider: Blackness, Performance and Prefiguring the Postblack Moment in    Charles Gordone’s No Place to Be Somebody: A Black Black Comedy in Three Acts at South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA) Annual Conference, African-  American Literature Panel, San Antonio, TX. November 19-21.
2005 “Black Power and the Black Church: Purlie Victorious and the African American Freedom Struggle” at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference, Emerging Scholars Panel, San Francisco, CA. July 10-13.

TEACHING

Introduction to African American Literature and Culture
Writing About Literature 
Rhetoric and Composition     
Technical and Business Writing (online)  
Women Writers
Expository Writing
The Nation and Its Other in Literature and Culture

SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION

  • Manuscript Reader for University Press of Mississippi
  • Texas Christian University Civil Rights in Black & Brown Oral History Galveston Project Site Facilitator
  • Chair, African American Literature Session–Four Panels, SCMLA Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, October 2016.
  • Secretary, American Literature After 1900 Session—Two Panels, SCMLA Annual Conference, Austin, TX, October 2014.
  • Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities Session, SCMLA Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 2013.
  • Secretary, Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities Panel, SCMLA Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 2012.
  • Chair, African American/African Literature Panel, SCMLA Annual Conference, Fort Worth, TX, October 2010.
  • Secretary, African American/African Literature Panel, SCMLA Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, October 2009.

SERVICE TO TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY& GALVESTON CAMPUS

  • TAMUS Program to Enhance Scholarly & Creative Activities Peer Reviewer (PESCA), November 2016
  • Reviewer for TAMU Explorations: A Journal of Undergraduate Research,  February 2016
  • TAMUG President & Chief Operating Officer Search Advisory Committee, January 2016
  • TAMUG Global F.A.M Festival Planning Committee Member, May 2016
  • TAMUG Black History Planning Month Committee Member, February 2016
  • TAMUG LSAMP Welcome Speaker on Self-Advocacy, February 2016
  • TAMUG Aggies United (Founding Member), Co-chair, February 2016 to present
  • TAMUG Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Member, December 2015- June 2016
  • TAMUG Discrimination Appeals Committee, Member, September 2012
  • TAMUG Diversity Steering Committee, Member, September 2012
  • TAMUG Aggie Allies Program, Member/Ally, September 2010-present
  • TAMUG Campus Diversity Implementation Plan Working Group, September 2005

SERVICE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LIBERAL STUDIES

  • LIST Post-Tenure Review Rubric Committee, Chair, January 2017
  • TAMUG Department of Liberal Studies Conference on Inclusion & Diversity Co-Organizer, June 2016
  • LIST Departmental Newsletter, June-November 2016
  • LIST Promotion Review Committee, September 2015
  • MAST Search Committee for Program Head/Assistant Professor, Chair, September 2014
  • LIST Strategic Planning Committee, Acting Chair, August 2014
  • LIST Philosophy Search Committee, Member, September 2005

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

2016

Moderator for “Shop Talk” series on African American Culture, “A Conversation with Visual Artists Eddie Filer and Earl Sampson Jones on Black Representation   and the Politics of Respectability” Chris’s Platinum Cutz. Galveston, Texas. July 18, 2016.

Inaugural Speaker for “Shop Talk” series on African American Culture.
“Prefiguring Postblackness: African American Identity and African American Drama.” Chris’s Platinum Cutz. Galveston, Texas. February 28, 2016.

Black History Month/Diversity Initiatives Speaker “Purlie Victorious and the Cultural Politics of Respectability.” Lone Star College—North Harris. Houston, Texas, February 11, 2016.

2015 Panel discussant for Galveston Reads Professors’ Panel discussion of Leonard Pitts, Jr.’s Freedman in celebration of Juneteenth’s Sesquicentennial. Galveston College. April 22, 2015.
2013-
2015
Member, Board of Directors, Galveston Children’s Museum
2014

Invited Panel discussant for “From Freedom Rides to Freedom Schools” Nia Cultural Center’s celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Rides. Old Central Cultural Center, Galveston, TX. June 24, 2014.

Invited Panel presentation “The Warmth of Other Suns and the African American Literary Tradition” Galveston Reads Professors Panel. Old Central Cultural Center. Galveston, TX. February 4, 2014.
2011 Invited Panel discussant for Galveston Reads Professors’ Panel discussion of Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North. Rosenberg Library, Galveston, TX. January 25, 2011.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Literature Association
American Studies Association
Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
Modern Language Association
Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS)
African American Literature and Culture Society
Collegium for African American Research