Emily Davidson

Associate Professor of Hispanic and Latino Studies

Emily Davidson - Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies

Office Location:Hauge Administration Building - Room 222-E

Status:On Sabbatical

  • Professional
  • Biography


  • Ph.D., Spanish, University of California, Davis, 2013
  • M.A., Spanish, Middlebury College, 2000
  • B.A., Spanish and Political Science, Pacific Lutheran University, 1998


Dr. Emily F. Davidson returns to PLU and the Pacific Northwest after completing her Ph.D. in Spanish at the University of California, Davis in 2013. As a Washingtonian and former Lute, Dr. Davidson is thrilled to be
home again.

After graduating from PLU with a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science (PLU ’98), Dr. Davidson moved to Vermont and then to Spain, to pursue her M.A. in Spanish at Middlebury College (2000). Dr. Davidson lived in Madrid for five years, where she worked in international music production for Walt Disney Records. From 2003 to 2008, Dr. Davidson taught at PLU as a Visiting Lecturer of Spanish. This experience solidified
her decision to pursue doctoral studies in Latin American literary and cultural studies. At the University of California, Davis, Dr. Davidson received the Margrit Mondavi and Hemispheric Institute on the Americas
Fellowships to conduct research in Panama for her dissertation entitled Canal Memories:
Race, Space and the Construction of Modern Panama. In Panama, Dr. Davidson’s fieldwork took her not only to print and film archives, but also to cultural and educational institutions where people craft and share
their own “canal memories.” Dr. Davidson’s dissertation, which she is currently adapting into a book manuscript, examines how Panamanians construct national and racial identities through and against their national symbol and patrimony: the Panama Canal.

Whether analyzing the nationalist novels studied in high schools, the oral histories at the West Indian Museum of Panama, or the testimonial short stories of survivors of the 1989 U.S. Invasion of Panama, Dr.
Davidson asserts the centrality of narratives in negotiating the human experience.

Dr. Davidson’s teaching interests encompass a wide range of subjects, from her specialties in Caribbean, Chicano/Latino, and Transnational American Studies, to general interests in studies of gender, race, space,
migration, and memory. When Dr. Davidson is not teaching or writing, she enjoys music, hiking, and cooking.
-Prism Spring 2014