B.S., M.S., Jackson State University; Ph.D., Saint Louis University
Ophera A. DavisLecturer in Africana Studies
Research focuses on the resilience and recovery of Mississippi Black women survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
Professor Davis is a lecturer in the Africana Studies Department at Wellesley College and an interdisciplinary social scientist whose research includes psychology, disaster studies, women's studies, and education. Her work focuses on Hurricane Katrina Mississippi Black women survivors' resilience and recovery and is framed in Womanist theory.
Her most recent publication, "Still on the fringes: Mississippi Black women survivors of Hurricane Katrina," appears in Race, Gender, and Class (2015). The first article from the study, "Southern women's voices from the Gulf Coast states on Hurricane Katrina," appeared in the Harvard Journal of African-American Public Policy (2006).
Dr. Davis was a Northeastern University Women’s Studies Fellow and an active member of Wellesley Centers for Women – Post Doc Seminars. Davis was the American Counseling Association recipient of a Blue Ribbon Award for her work on Hurricane Katrina and Women.
Her other research interests and experience as a career counselor/coach led her to study career development within multicultural populations. Her most recent publication in this area are "Exploring urban students’ constructions about school, work, race, and ethnicity" with Blustein, D., et al. in the Journal of Counseling Psychology (2010) and "Accountants' cognitive styles and ethical reasoning: a comparison across 15 years" with Abdolmohammadi and Fedorowicz in the Journal of Accounting Education (2009).
Dr. Davis served on the editorial board of the Race, Gender, and Class in 2012. Her Ph.D. is from Saint Louis University and her undergraduate degree is from of Jackson State University.