Katryn Davis

Katryn Davis

Academic Interests:  religion; Christianity; religious fundamentalism; morality; conceptions of purity; marriage and kinship; American national identity; conceptions of spirit worlds and the supernatural

Status: Ph.D.

MA Thesis Title: A Freighted Pair: The Military Community and Its Civilian Other

Previous degrees: BA (2012) in Anthropology from University of California, Santa Cruz; MA (2016) in Cultural Anthropology from California State University, Sacramento

Biography: I'm a third year PhD student preparing to start fieldwork studying plural marriage within a Mormon splinter community in Utah. I'm particularly curious about conceptions of purity and wholesomeness as they pertain to girls and women in this community, as well as relationships between Mormonism and American national identity. I am also currently assisting Dr. Erin Stiles with an ethnographic project that explores conceptions of spirits within the LDS community in Cache Valley, Utah.

Publications, Presentations, or Projects:

Encounters with the Spirit World: Gendered Morality and Moral Striving in a Utah Mormon Community, presented with primary investigator Dr. Erin Stiles, Session 22: Contemporary Explorations in Technology, Religion, and Identity, Southwestern Anthropological Association, Annual Conference. Speaker. 2018

A Freighted Pair: The Military Community and its Civilian Other, Session 21: Living Liminality: Identity Construction and Agency in the Contemporary United States/U.S. West, Southwestern Anthropological Association, Annual Conference. Speaker & Panel Co-Organizer. 2017. 

A Freighted Pair: The Military Community and its Civilian Other, Master's Thesis, California State University, Sacramento. Researcher/Author. 2016.

Education and Primary Sources: Native American Voices in the Archival Record, Sacramento State University, Sacramento. Panel Member. 2014.

Privacy: Power, Knowledge, and National Identity, Southwestern Anthropological Association, Annual Conference, Los Angeles. Speaker. 2014.

Permanence in the Age of Impermanence, Senior Thesis, University of California, Santa Cruz. Researcher/Author.  2012.