Georgiann Davis

Associate Professor, Sociology
Expertise: Sex, gender, and sexuality, Intersex medical care

Biography

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). 

Education

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

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Georgiann Davis In The News

Washington Post
June 10, 2019
When doctors said her youngest child would be a girl, Amie Schofield chose the name Victoria. Then they said the child would be a boy, so she switched to Victor.
iFuun
October 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.
Ms. Magazine
October 29, 2018
In one year’s time, the Trump administration went from acknowledging the struggles of intersex people to pretending they don’t exist.
Scientific American
October 29, 2018
Biologists now think there is a larger spectrum than just binary female and male

Articles Featuring Georgiann Davis

Georgiann Davis speaks at Ted Talks
PeopleApril 11, 2017
Sociologist Georgiann Davis embraces her public persona as she delves into sociological issues in the medical community.
Georgiann Davis speaks at TEDxUNLV
ResearchDecember 15, 2016
Georgiann Davis, intersex educator and advocate, seeks to inform the current sociopolitical discourse on the subject through her new book.
Georgiann Davis
Campus NewsMarch 31, 2016
UNLV program that embeds a professor in the residence halls aims at boosting student engagement.
Claytee D. White
PeopleJanuary 7, 2016
A compilation of UNLV media coverage profiling just a few of the many people of UNLV who made an impact in the community in 2015.