You are here
Associate 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.
In 2017, Davis — who was born with complete androgen insensitive syndrome, meaning she has an outward female appearance, but possesses XY chromosomes — was featured in National Geographic Channel's documentary Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, which explored society's evolving understanding of gender identity through the experiences of transgender and intersex individuals.
- 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
In most countries and regions today, after a child is born, a doctor or midwife will announce that the life is a "boy" or a "girl" by observing the external genitalia.
In one year’s time, the Trump administration went from acknowledging the struggles of intersex people to pretending they don’t exist.
Biologists now think there is a larger spectrum than just binary female and male
Freed from the binary of boy and girl, gender identity is a shifting landscape. Can science help us navigate?
Articles Featuring Georgiann Davis
Sociologist Georgiann Davis embraces her public persona as she delves into sociological issues in the medical community.
Georgiann Davis, intersex educator and advocate, seeks to inform the current sociopolitical discourse on the subject through her new book.