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Christine S. Davis, Ph.D., is an autoethnographic, poetic, and aesthetic ethnographer. She is Emeritus Professor of Health Communication at UNC-Charlotte, a poet, writer, and artist. She is a Fulbright Scholar, and writes at the intersection of contemplative and arts-based methods of understanding, and health, specifically in the areas of women and children’s health, end-of-life communication, and family disability. She studies people with illnesses and conditions that are incurable as they face revisions in their personal identity and narrative and negotiate the liminal spaces between ‘well’ and ‘unwell,’ alive and dead, and power and marginalization. Her most recent book, The Personal is Political: Body Politics in a Trump World (2020, Brill-Sense), was co-edited with Dr. Jon Crane and is a narrative exploration of bodies affected by contemporary politics. Dr. Davis returned last year from spending a semester at UCC (University College Cork, Ireland) lecturing and looking at the Magdalene Laundries and the mother and baby homes to understand their influence on Irish women’s identity and on her own Irish heritage, and she is currently writing a book about her experience. Her B.A. degree in Communication is from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and her M.A. degree in Communication Studies is from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her Ph.D. in Communication Studies was awarded by the University of South Florida in 2005.

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