Heath Fogg Davis

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Chair

447 Gladfelter Hall
1115 Polett Walk


Antidiscrimination Law, Transgender Civil Rights, Political Theory, Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Heath Fogg Davis (Ph.D. in Politics, Princeton University, 1998) is the Undergraduate Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science.

His teaching and research examines individual and collective identity in contexts such as democratic political systems, administrative and anti-discrimination law, urban public space, and family formation. Prior to joining the Temple faculty, Davis was an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a member of the groundbreaking James Weldon Johnson Institute Working Group on Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Civil Rights: the first U.S. working group bringing together activists and scholars to explore convergences and divergences between the African American civil rights movement and the Black LGBT civil rights movement.

He is the author of Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? (NYU Press, 2017). Beyond Trans questions the need for gender markers on birth certificates, driver’s licenses, passports, college admissions, bathroom doors, and in sports. Are these and other sex-classification policies necessary? Are they legal? Does gender matter? Beyond Trans offers concrete strategies to help organizations, schools and businesses of all kinds design better gender policies that are trans-inclusive and meet their specific goals.

Davis extends his academic and pedagogical commitments to community spaces, collaborating with and advocating for marginalized communities. He was a board member of the Leeway Foundation, and has been an organizer of the Philadelphia Trans-Health Conference and the Trans Masculine Advocacy Network.

Selected Publications

Courses Taught

  • Discrimination and the Law
  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • African American Political Theory
  • Feminist Political Theory
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Law

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