Sara Davis, PhD

Independent scholar, freelance writer, and higher ed marketing and communications writer professional.


  • Certificate in Creative Writing, Penn LPS Online. 2020.
  • MA/Ph.D., American literature, Temple University. 2016.
  • B.A., magna cum laude, English, Rhodes College. 2003.
    • Minors: art, French literature.


Fiction and Creative Nonfiction

The Drowned City.” Winner of the 2020 Climate Fiction Competition. Euphony Journal Vol. 20 No. 2. Spring 2020. Online.

“My Year of Ghosts.” The Toast. October 29, 2014. Online.


“A Tour of Food Art in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.” Edible Philly. March 15, 2017. Print and online.

“Southern Discomfort.” Render: Feminist Food and Culture Quarterly No. 2. Fall 2014. Print.

“The Meat Market.” Render: Feminist Food and Culture Quarterly No. 1. Summer 2014. Print.

“Dining Alone on an Expense Account.” Graze Magazine No. 5. Spring 2014. Print.

“Freshly Minted.” Culture: A Reader for Writers. Ed. John Mauk. Oxford University Press, 2013.

“The Red Thing:  Fabrics and Fetishism in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand.” Skin, Culture, and Psychoanalysis. Ed. Sheila L. Cavanaugh, Angela Failler, and Rachel Hurst. Palgrave MacMillan, 2013.

Posts authored by Sara Davis at The Smart Set (formerly cross-posted to Table Matters). Published by the Center for Cultural Outreach. Oct 2012 – July 2013. Online.

Scenes of Eating. Personal website exploring food in literature, art, and culture. 2011-present.


Invited Appearances

Guest for Q&A on “Hooked on Junk” episode of “The Stream” on Al Jazeera English. March 28, 2013.

Scholarly Presentations

“Dorito Magic: contemplating the chip in two contemporary texts.” Food! The Conference!, City University of New York Graduate Center, March 2011.

“Rethinking the Word `Consumption.’”  2010 Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Conference, Alexandria VA, October 2010.

“Conversations in the Kitchen:  food, sex, and otherness in Chuang Hua’s Crossings.”  Department of Romance Languages:  Women, Home, and Nation:  Public and Private Spaces, Binghamton University, March 2008.