Sarajaneé Davis was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2012 with a B.A. in African American and African Studies and Political and Social Thought. Prior to pursuing a doctorate, Sarajaneé taught in Miami, Florida and Durham, North Carolina. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching associate in the History Department and African and African American Studies Departments. Her areas of study include African American History, Modern U.S. History, and African American Studies.
Sarajaneé’s primary research examines the emergence of Black power politics on college campuses in the upper south in the late 1960s and 1970s. Her dissertation focuses on how gender shaped the political tactics and cultural programs that student activists utilized and promoted to challenge dominant power structures. She is interested in topics including activism and identity development, gender in the modern Black freedom struggle, as well as Haitian and U.S. African American relations.