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Georgiann Davis

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Expertise: Sex, gender, and sexuality, Intersex medical care


Since 2008, Georgiann Davis has been studying the intersection of medicine and sex, gender, and sexuality. She has written numerous articles on intersex in various venues ranging from Ms. Magazine to the American Journal of Bioethics. In Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis (2015, NYU Press), Davis explores how intersex is defined, experienced, and contested in contemporary U.S. society.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • B.A., Sociology, Northeastern Illinois University

Georgiann Davis In The News

May 8, 2017

Born like a boy and a girl - the term used to be hermaphrodite but advocates say some in their community are uncomfortable with the word. They prefer intersex.

Mar 3, 2017

In the alphabet soup of sexual identity – L, G, B, T and so on – one letter sometimes gets left out: I. "I" stands for intersex.

Dec 22, 2016

In 1985, an Afghan girl with piercing green eyes stared into the world’s soul from the cover of National Geographic in an iconic and mesmerizing photo.

Oct 26, 2016

If you’ve never heard of intersex, you aren’t alone.

A few weeks ago a colleague and I were at a popular Las Vegas bar attending a drag show fundraiser for a local nonprofit gender and sexual rights organization. In between drag show performances, the host, who introduced herself as a “drag queen,” kept encouraging the 35 or so people in attendance to purchase more raffle tickets to raise money for Nevada’s gender variant community.

Articles Featuring Georgiann Davis

Georgiann Davis speaks at Ted Talks
Apr 11, 2017

Sociologist Georgiann Davis embraces her public persona as she delves into sociological issues in the medical community.

Georgiann Davis speaks at TEDxUNLV
Dec 15, 2016

Georgiann Davis, intersex educator and advocate, seeks to inform the current sociopolitical discourse on the subject through her new book.

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