Shardé Davis


Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2016


Shardé Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut. Her primary area of specialization is interpersonal communication, with emphases in race, gender, identity, intergroup communication, and supportive communication. Her specific line of research explores how Black women’s complex identities—and the power-laden social structures that create them—influence the way they communicate with close others.  These interests are represented in her new theory called The Strong Black Woman Collective (SBWC; Davis, 2015). The theory explicates how Black women use their communication during group-level interactions with other Black women to collectively manage their marginal position in U.S. society.  Research on the theory connects Black women’s culturally nuanced behavior to important outcomes such as self-reported mental health, well-being, stress and anxiety, relational closeness, and group solidarity and esteem. While her primary line of research focuses on communication among Black women groups, a secondary interest involves investigating communication behavior of other marginalized groups, like elderly in the U.S., people of color, and low income families. Her prior work has used a variety of methods from post-positivist, feminist, and critical perspectives to address these inquiries.

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal, Relational, and Intergroup Communication
  • Communication among Black Women Groups
  • Supportive Communication
  • Race, Gender, and Communication
  • Black Feminism
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

Research Affiliations

UConn Interpersonal Interaction Laboratory

UConn InCHIP (Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy)


Curriculum Vitae