Dr. Susan Gray Davis

Professor Emerita of Communication
Professor of EUI

  • Address: Department of Communication, 3001 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St. Urbana, IL 61801
  • Telephone: (217)244-1597

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Extensive field and archival research into festivals, tourism, parades, dance traditions, oral history, theme parks, commemorations, and historical performances.


Research Description

  • Susan G. Davis is a scholar of folklore and communication. Her research focuses on the significance of vernacular culture in every day life; the ethnography of commercial culture; the politics of culture and cultural research.Professor Davis's current research looks at the life and work of Gershon Legman (1917 -- 1999), social critic, folklorist of sex and historian of censorship.



  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Book Contributions

  • Davis, S.. "Eros meets civilization: Gershon Legman confronts the post office." Serpents in the Garden: Liaisons of Sex and Culture. Ed. Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair. Oakland, CA: AK Press, 2004.

  • Davis, S.. "Space jam: Media conglomerates build the entertainment city." Gender, race, and class in media: A text-reader. Ed. Gail Dines and Jean Humetz. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 2003.

Journal Articles

  • Davis, S.. "Proverbial wisdom: Every dog shall have its day." Qualitative Inquiry 9 (2003): 822-827.