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Joseph E. Davis

Research Director, Culture Lab
Chair, Colloquy on Picturing the Human
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture
Office location and address
Watson Manor
3 University Cir
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

Joseph E. Davis is Research Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. His research centers on questions of self and morality, psychiatric classification and medicalization, narrative and bioethics. He is the author of Accounts of Innocence: Sexual Abuse, Trauma, and the Self, which was the co-winner of the 2006 Cooley Award given by the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, editor of Identity and Social Change and Stories of Change: Narrative and Social Movements, and co-editor of To Fix or To Heal: Patient Care, Public Health, and the Limits of Biomedicine.

His articles on issues of identity, victimization, technology, memory, and narrative have appeared in books and journals such as Qualitative Sociology, Social Problems, Society, and The Hedgehog Review.

Professor Davis is currently working on research projects dealing with suffering and narrative, medicalization and psychopharmacology, and enhancement technologies and the self.

SOC 2498: Prozac Culture
Credits: 3
The pharmacological revolution, symbolized by drugs such as Prozac and Ritalin, is a cultural as well as a medical phenomenon. The course explores the history of the revolution and the confluence of social changes driving it forward. Also considered are its implications for self, the definition of psychic distress, and the norms and values that structure how we live. J-term courses require approval for SOC major/minor credit.
SOC 4981: Distinguished Majors Thesis Writing
Credits: 3
Writing of the DMP thesis under the supervision of a DM faculty adviser. Prerequisite: SOC 4980