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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

Jul 6, 2018

Across the United States, more people of all ages are identifying as something other than male or female.

Feb 12, 2018

Gael Hancock, an event organizer, as well as 2016 speakers Georgiann Davis and Bryan Bornholdt share details on the upcoming TEDx event at UNLV.

Feb 12, 2018

On Jan. 27, the state of Washington gave adults a third sex option on birth certificates — an “X” to indicate neither male nor female — without medical documentation. As gender scholars, we applaud this. It’s a big deal for the state to say that we don’t simply have males and females. Just adding one more category is a good start but doesn’t solve the problem of how we use these categories.

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.

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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