Bridgett Davis


Phone: (646) 312-3927

Location: VC 7-265


As a novelist and filmmaker, Professor Bridgett Davis designed and teaches the department’s Fiction and Film Writing Workshops. She is director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, a unique literary salon that brings a different distinguished writer to campus each semester. Since its founding in 1998, 36 Harman writers have come to Baruch, including novelists, playwrights, poets and journalists.

Professor Davis’ second novel, Into The Go-Slow, was selected as a best book of 2014 by Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle, BookRiot, Bustle and The Root, among others. Time Out New York recently named Professor Davis one of "10 New York Authors to Read Right Now."  Inspired by her travels on the Continent to research African media women, the novel – whose title is inspired by Nigerian patois for “traffic jams” -- explores the journey of a young woman travelling to Nigeria to retrace her sister’s steps only to discover some harsh truths about herself.

As an essayist, Professor Davis’ work has most recently appeared in Salon, Essence, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Root and Writers Digest. Her editorial, “From Ferguson to Detroit” won First Place for outstanding labor journalism in Metro New York Labor Communications Council’s 2014 Communications Awards Contest.

She is literary editor for the online black culture magazine, Bold As Love.

Her debut novel, Shifting Through Neutral, published by Harper Collins, was a finalist for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award and an “Original Voices” selection by Border’s Books. 

Professor Davis is writer/director of the critically acclaimed, award-winning feature film Naked Acts. Touted by Variety as “fresh, funny and original,” the film screened at 25 international festivals in the US, Europe, South America and Africa and won key awards before having its theatrical, DVD and Netflix release. Indiana University's Black Film Center recently honored Davis on the 20th anniversary of the film's production. The film and its elements are housed in the permanent collection of the University’s distinguished Black Film Archive. Naked Acts is included in the seminal anthology, “The 50 Most Influential Black Films.

During her career as a journalist, Professor Davis has written news and feature articles for a host of publications, including New York Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Detroit Free Press, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlanta Journal/Constitution, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Columbia Journalism Review and The London Voice.

She is a mentor in the University’s Faculty Fellowship Publication Program, for which she conducts writing workshops with CUNY faculty seeking to develop and publish creative and scholarly work as they approach tenure.

A recipient of the New York Association of Black Journalists’ Excellence in Education Award, Professor Davis earned a B.A. in English from Spelman College and an MS from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.


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