Heath Fogg Davis

DavisPhoto_May2014Associate Professor

447 Gladfelter Hall
1115 Polett Walk


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


Ph.D. in Politics, Princeton University, 1998; B.A. in Government, Harvard University, 1993. Professor Davis’ teaching and research examines individual and collective identity in contexts such as democratic political systems, administrative and anti-discrimination law, urban public space, public transportation, 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.

Davis’s current book project, Sex Classification and (Trans)gender Discrimination, questions the legality and morality of sex classification in education, public accommodations, sports, and government policy. He offers concrete policy solutions as to when and where such classifications are necessary, or should be eliminated. Davis extends his academic and pedagogical commitments to community spaces, collaborating with and advocating for marginalized communities. He is 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

  • “An Argument for Reviving the Pragmatism of Early Critical Race Theory” forthcoming in Contemporary Political Theory.
  • “Sex Classification Policies as Transgender Discrimination: An Intersectional Critique” 12, Perspectives on Politics, no. 1 (2014): 45-60.
  • “The Political Geography of Whites Adopting Black Children in the United States” (Family-Making: Contemporary Ethical Challenges), and The Ethics of Transracial Adoption (Cornell University Press, 2013).
  • Theorizing Black Lesbians within Black Feminist Theory: A Critique of Same-Race Street Harassment,” Politics and Gender:, (2006): 57-76.

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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