Elizabeth A. Davis
Departmental Representative for Undergraduate Program
Ph.D. Socio-Cultural Anthropology, University of California-Berkeley, 2005
Greece and Cyprus, medicine and psychology, ethics and subjectivity, peace and conflict, migration and borderlands, law and empire, history and memory, film and visual culture, social theory and ethnography, methods.
Elizabeth Davis is Assistant Professor of Anthropology, in association with the Program in Hellenic Studies. She holds a Richard Stockton Bicentennial Preceptorship for 2012-15. She is affiliated with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2009, Davis taught in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University and held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Society of Fellows at Columbia University. Her work in Greece and Cyprus addresses the psyche and the body, their implication in social conflict and in the ties that bind people to communities and states. Her first book, Bad Souls: Madness and Responsibility in Modern Greece, explores humanitarian psychiatric reform in the borderland between Greece and Turkey. She is currently writing a new book on secrecy, transparency, and post-conflict statecraft in Cyprus, focusing on knowledge production about the violence of the 1960s-70s in the domains of forensic science, conspiracy theory, and documentary film. This project is grounded in ethnographic research on both sides of the newly-porous border between north and south, as well as a documentary film on memory and belonging.
"'It Wasn't Written for Me': Law, Debt, and Therapeutic Contracts in Greek Psychiatry," PoLAR (Political and Legal Anthropology Review) : 36(1):4–34
|2012||Bad Souls (Κακόψυχοι): Madness and Responsibility in Modern Greece. Durham: Duke University Press*|
|2010||“The Antisocial Profile: Deception and Intimacy in Greek Psychiatry,” Cultural Anthropology 25 (1): 130-164|