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Lupe Davidson

Woodburn Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies; Director and Academic Coordinator for Social Justice Affairs, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Lupe Davidson is Woodburn Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Director and Academic Collaborator for Social Justice Affairs for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Lupe received her PhD in Rhetoric from Duquesne University. Previously she has been the L.J. Semrod Presidential Professor of Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Co-Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Center for Social Justice, Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Business Communication and Assistant Professor of African American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. In 2017, she was the recipient of the Black Girls Rock—Maria del Guadalupe Davidson Rock Star Award, named in her honor, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Jill Irvine Leadership Award. Her scholarship and teaching interests include black feminist theory, rhetorical theory and criticism, and Africana philosophical thought. She has led a study abroad course in Uganda on ‘Women Creating Social Change,” related to her interdisciplinary, collaborative research in the region. Her co-edited book Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk about Fears, Sorrows and Hopes (with George Yancey and Susan Hadley) was named one of the American Library Association’s “Top 10 Diverse Nonfiction Books of 2016”.  Lupe’s husband Scott Davidson will also be joining WVU as Professor of Philosophy. They are excited to move to Morgantown this summer with their three children. Lupe will be looking for volunteers and participants for many social justice initiatives across the campus and state, including an all-night lock-in to propose solutions to critical issues.