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Georgiann Davis

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.

Davis is the board president of interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth (2017 - present) and the former president of the AIS-DSD Support Group (2014-2015). 


  • 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

Oct 31, 2018

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.

Oct 29, 2018

In one year’s time, the Trump administration went from acknowledging the struggles of intersex people to pretending they don’t exist.

Oct 29, 2018

Biologists now think there is a larger spectrum than just binary female and male

Oct 22, 2018

Freed from the binary of boy and girl, gender identity is a shifting landscape. Can science help us navigate?

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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