Cienna Davis

Cienna Davis

Cienna Davis
  • Doctoral Student

Cienna Davis’s research focuses on the role of digital technologies and new media in the processes of racial identity formation and racial justice activism. She is interested in asserting critical race theory into digital humanities.

Cienna Davis is a Black feminist community organizer and scholar. She is originally from Southern California where she received her bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and Communication from the University of California San Diego where she was a McNair Scholar. Davis then moved to Berlin, Germany for six years where she completed her master’s in North American Studies at the John F. Kennedy Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin. Her writing on Afrofuturism, Black Feminism, colorism, popular culture, and community organizing has been published in academic journals, books, and newspapers in the US, Germany, and Switzerland.

Davis is one of the original founders of Soul Sisters Berlin — a transnational, diasporic, Black feminist network — where she organized workshops, social events, performances, roundtable discussions, and retreats with the goal of educating, empowering, and connecting Black womxn in Berlin. She looks forward to engaging in similar multidisciplinary organizing work in Philadelphia.

As a digital native and millennial who has made active use of social media in her community organizing and empowerment efforts, Davis is interested in the role of digital technologies and new media in processes of racial identity formation and racial justice activism. Additionally, she is interested in studying uses of humor by Black digital content creators and examining what labor and racial scripts are compensated and rewarded in new media economies to offer insight into the changing nature of digital racial significations, humor, and social critique in the 21st century.

Education

  • B.A., University of California San Diego, 2014
  • M.A., Freie Universität Berlin, 2019

Selected Publications