Elizabeth Davis is Associate Professor of Anthropology and a Behrman Faculty Fellow in the Humanities.
Her research and writing, grounded in the European horizons and the Ottoman history of the Greek-speaking world, focus on the intersections of psyche, body, history, and power as areas for ethnographic and theoretical engagement. Her particular interest is in how the ties that bind people to communities and states are yielded and inflected by knowledge: that is, how certain kinds of truths mediate conceptions of self and conceptions of others – as psychiatric subjects, for example, or as subjects of history.
Her first book, Bad Souls: Madness and Responsibility in Modern Greece (Duke University Press, 2012), is an ethnographic study of responsibility among psychiatric patients and their caregivers in the “multicultural” borderland between Greece and Turkey. She is currently working on her second book, The Good of Knowing: War, Time, and Transparency in Cyprus (forthcoming from Duke University Press), a collaborative engagement with Cypriot knowledge production about the violence of the 1960s-70s in the domains of forensic science, documentary film, and “conspiracy theory.”
Davis is affiliated with the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton, where she serves on the Hellenic Studies Program Executive Committee, as well as with the Program in Global Health and Health Policy and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies.
Before joining the Princeton faculty in 2009, she taught in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University and at Columbia University as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows. More recently, she has held a Richard Stockton Bicentennial Preceptorship and a Membership at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton.