Sara Davis, PhD
Mild-mannered marketing writer by day. . . voracious reader by night (and weekends, and on the bus to and from work, and any other opportunity I get). With my appetite for new fiction and taste for enticing copy, I may be the passionate yet professional book reviewer or contributing writer you need to turn out crisp copy on a tight timeline.
Reading is more than just a hobby for me: I have a PhD in modern and contemporary literature, so I am well-versed in different genres of fiction and poetry as well as critical nonfiction in philosophy and history. When I enjoy standout novels in literary fiction, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, and fantasy, I am also reading with an eye toward craft, convention, and canon. It’s second nature to recap what I’ve read and remark on it–which is why I regularly post informal descriptions and reflections to my personal blog as I read. But as a professional writer accustomed to style guide compliance, I could easily adapt to the length and structure that best suits your publication.
See my LinkedIn profile for a complete resume of my education and work history.
MA/Ph.D., American literature, Temple University. 2016.
- Dissertation: Food and Pleasure in Modern American Literature
- Women’s Studies Certificate
B.A., magna cum laude, English, Rhodes College. 2003.
- Minors: art, French literature.
Contributions to magazines and websites
- Posts authored by Sara Davis at The Rosenblog. Published by the Rosenbach. September 2016 – April 2018. Online.
- “A Tour of Food Art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” Edible Philly. March 15, 2017. Print and online.
- “My Year of Ghosts.” The Toast. October 29, 2014. Online.
- “Southern Discomfort.” Render: Feminist Food and Culture Quarterly No. 2. Fall 2014. Print.
- “The Meat Market.” Render: Feminist Food and Culture Quarterly No. 1. Summer 2014. Print.
- “Dining Alone on an Expense Account.” Graze Magazine No. 5. Spring 2014. Print.
- Posts authored by Sara Davis at Table Matters. Published by the Center for Cultural Outreach. Oct 2012 – July 2013. Online.
Contributions to edited volumes
- “Freshly Minted.” Culture: A Reader for Writers. Ed. John Mauk. Oxford University Press, 2013.
- “The Red Thing: Fabrics and Fetishism in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.” Skin, Culture, and Psychoanalysis. Ed. Sheila L. Cavanaugh, Angela Failler, and Rachel Hurst. Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.
- Scribal Tattoo. Books, video games, and personal narrative. 2013-present.
- Scenes of Eating. Food in literature, art, and culture. 2011-present.
- Guest for Q&A on “Hooked on Junk” episode of “The Stream” on Al Jazeera English. March 28, 2013.
- “Dorito Magic: contemplating the chip in two contemporary texts.” Food! The Conference!, City University of New York Graduate Center, March 2011.
- “Rethinking the Word `Consumption.’” 2010 Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Conference, Alexandria VA, October 2010.
- “Conversations in the Kitchen: food, sex, and otherness in Chuang Hua’s Crossings.” Department of Romance Languages: Women, Home, and Nation: Public and Private Spaces, Binghamton University, March 2008.