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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

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.

Apr 8, 2016

The dorm room I’m standing in is tastefully decorated, with vibrant canvasses adorning the cinderblock walls and a plush green couch across from a flat-screen TV. There’s no felt, glow-in-the-dark Bob Marley poster under a black light. No lava lamp. Because this isn’t your typical college student’s digs. It’s UNLV sociology professor Georgiann Davis’ suite inside the school’s Tonopah Complex residence hall. Davis is the first participant in UNLV’s professor-in-residence program, which launched last fall and embeds a faculty member in a student dormitory with the aim of boosting student engagement. We chatted with Davis about her unique experience

Articles Featuring Georgiann Davis

Apr 11, 2017

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

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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