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First Name
Amira Rose
Last Name
Penn State University
Website URL
sports, race, gender, politics, black women, african american history
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Personal Info

About Me

Amira Rose Davis is an Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies at Penn State University. She holds a doctorate in History from Johns Hopkins University. Davis specializes in 20th Century American History with an emphasis on race, gender, sports and politics.  She is currently working on her book manuscript, “Can’t Eat a Medal”: The Lives and Labors of Black Women Athletes in the Age of Jim Crow.

Davis teaches classes on a variety of topics including African American History, 20th Century United States History, Women’s History, Sports History, Research Methods and Gender Theory.

Additionally, Davis provides sports commentary and opinion writing for public venues such as NPR, ESPN, BBC, NBC, The New Republic and others. She is the co-host of the Feminist Sports Podcast, Burn it All Down.

Recent Publications

“No League of Their Own: Baseball, Black Women and the Politics of Representation,” Radical History Review, Issue 125, Duke University Press, May 2016

“On the Courts of Druid Hill: Lucy Diggs Slowe and the Rise of Organized Black Tennis” in Baltimore Sports History: Stories from Charm Cityed. Daniel Nathan. Sport, Culture, and Society Series, University of Arkansas Press, August 2016

Recent Public Writing:


Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
North America, United States
Expertise by Chronology
Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Gender, Politics, Race, Sports, Women