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Lizzy Cooper Davis

African American Studies, with a primary field in Anthropology

Lizzy Cooper Davis is a doctoral candidate in African & African American Studies with a primary field in Anthropology. Her interests include the role of the arts in social movements, the anthropology of race, and black Atlantic performance and spiritual traditions. She has studied artful community building and resistance in Cuba, Brazil, and New Orleans, and her current research explores the freedom songs of the civil rights movement and the cultural organizing of the Highlander Folk School. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from NYU, and has also trained at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies and with Augusto Boal in his Freire-inspired Theater of the Oppressed. While at Harvard she has taught at both the College and the Graduate School of Education, received two Certificates of Excellence and Distinction in Teaching, and currently serves as a mentor to students in the Women, Gender and Sexuality program and through the Center for American Political Studies. She has facilitated interactive workshops for students and Race Relations Tutors around issues of race, gender, and power and for the American Repertory Theater’s MFA students on the methodologies of Boal's Theater of the Oppressed. Her professional experience has included developing community partnerships and recording oral histories with StoryCorps, working as an artist-educator in schools, community centers, and prisons, serving as a panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts, and performing nationally as an actor. She facilitates weekend-long retreats on social issues for university students and faculty mentors of the Posse Foundation, works as a consultant on arts-based community organizing for Arts and Democracy and the Urban Bush Women, and is the co-editor of Enacting Pleasure: Artists and Scholars Respond to Carol Gilligan's Map of Love (2010).