Khyree Davis
Office
Carr Hall 209
Tel
(802) 443-2600
Email
khyreed@middlebury.edu
Office Hours
Fall 2022: Tues & Thurs 2-3 pm in person or via Zoom; Wed 9-10 am via Zoom (link on Canvas) and by appointment
Additional Programs
Black Studies

Khyree Davis received their Ph.D. in African & African Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Their teaching and research specializations include Black queer studies, Black trans studies, Black geographies, Black feminist thought, intimate geopolitics, performance studies and queer of color visual cultures.
They are published in Gender, Place, and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography and are currently working on a book project concerned with the geographies of Black queer rural life.

Currently, they are a 2022-2024 Summer Institute on Tenure and Professional Advancement (SITPA) Scholar through the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Social Sciences at Duke University.

Courses Taught

Course Description

Introduction to Black Studies
This course considers the issues, epistemologies, and political investments central to Black Studies as a field. We will explore chronologically, thematically, and with an interdisciplinary lens the social forces and ideas that have shaped the individual and collective experiences of African-descended peoples throughout the African Diaspora. This course is a broad survey of the history of chattel slavery, colonial encounters, community life, and social institutions of black Americans. We will address issues of gender and class; the role of social movements in struggles for liberation; and various genres of black expressive cultures. Students will develop critical tools, frameworks, and vocabulary for further study in the field. Course materials may include Maulana Karenga’s Introduction to Black Studies, C.L.R. James’s The Black Jacobins, and Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. 3 hrs. lect.

Terms Taught

Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Spring 2023

Requirements

AMR, HIS, SOC

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Course Description

Race, Racisms, and the Visual: Black American Visual Cultures
In this course we will study visual cultures, performance, and digital media in relation to (anti-)Blackness and Black communities in the United States. We will pay particular attention to gendered and sexualized understandings of race and racisms within visual planes. An interdisciplinary and multimedia approach to the subject matter asks students to develop critical reading and engaged listening skills, as well as foster the ability to deploy critical thought in written, creative, and oral forms. Students should leave the course able to apply core concepts of Black visual studies into their academic work as well as their lives outside of the classroom. 3 hrs. lect.

Terms Taught

Fall 2021

Requirements

AMR, ART, SOC

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Course Description

A Black Sense of Place: Black Geographies
Black feminist geographer, Katherine McKittrick, defines Black geographies as “subaltern or alternative geographic patterns that work alongside and beyond traditional geographies and a site or terrain of struggle” (2006, 7).
This Black studies approach structures analyses of geographies across the Black diaspora in this course. Students will explore the relationships between race, racisms, space, and place through an interdisciplinary examination of the intimate, the material, the political, the body, and the collective as “sites of struggle.” We will read from texts such as Clyde Woods’ Development Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans and Erica Lorraine Williams’ Sex Tourism in Bahia: Ambiguous Entanglements.

Terms Taught

Fall 2022

Requirements

CMP, HIS, SOC

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Course Description

Theory and Methods in Black Studies
In this course, which is the required junior seminar for Black Studies, we will explore the historical, philosophical, and methodological basis of Black Studies. Reading seminal primary and secondary sources, students will gain a deeper understanding of both the central issues and the range of theoretical responses (e.g., intersectionality, critical race theory) that have helped shaped the field since its inception in the late 1960s. Emphasis will be given to preparing students for senior work in the major. 3 hrs. sem.

Terms Taught

Spring 2022

Requirements

HIS, SOC

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Course Description

Black Queer Studies
What does sexuality have to do with race? Does racialization inform much of what we understand about gender? Black queer/trans life and thought speaks to much of these concerns. We’ll be challenged to think through ways that oppressions like anti-Black racism, misogyny, and homo/transphobia operate against (and even within) Black queer and Black trans communities, as well as the ways in which these communities respond and create their own theories/practices of life & joy through an examination of Black queer studies that looks across the African diaspora for theories and methodologies which span a range of social, political, and cultural geographies.(BLST 0101 or GSFS 0191, or by instructor approval)

Terms Taught

Spring 2022

Requirements

CMP, PHL, SOC

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Course Description

Black, Listed: Surveillance, Race, and Gender
The fields of Black studies, feminist geographies, and surveillance studies are brought together in this course to examine transformations in geographic and social control in U.S. and transnational contexts. The ways in which racialized and gendered populations have experienced and continue to experience geopolitical domination and surveillance constitutes the central theme of the course. Students will develop collaborative and independent research skills. Topics of inquiry include: the trans-Atlantic slave trade; prisons and policing; education; (anti-)surveillance technologies; airports and borders. We may draw substantially from texts such as Simone Browne’s Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness and Toby Beauchamp’s Going Stealth: Transgender Politics and U.S. Surveillance Practices. (Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors) 3 hrs. sem. (FemSTHM)

Terms Taught

Spring 2023

Requirements

AMR, CMP, HIS, SOC

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