K.E. Davis

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faculteit der sociale wetensch ( afdeling sociologie )
Research Fellow for PARIS program, ‘Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion’ (IDI)

Present:  Fridays or by appointment; e-mails answered directly


General information

Kathy Davis was born in the US, she has taught psychology, sociology, and gender studies at universities in Europe and the Netherlands. Since 1990, she has worked as associate professor in women’s studies and, later, as senior researcher at the Institute of History and Culture at Utrecht University. She has held visiting chairs and research fellowships in the United States at Wellesley College, Columbia University, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies at Harvard University as well as in Germany (Maria Jahoda Chair for International Women’s Studies), Sweden, Finland and Austria.

Kathy Davis has a long-standing interest in feminist scholarship on women’s bodies and health. Her work is situated at the cutting edge between the sociology of the body, cultural studies, and gender studies. She has published extensively on contemporary feminist approaches to the body, interaction between physicians and women patients, cultural constructions of beauty and beauty practices, and the political and ethical dimensions of surgical technologies.

Her research interests also include biography as methodology, reflexivity, intersectionality,  travelling theory, and transnational biographies and social practices. She is currently working on a book about tango and passion in a transnational perspective which will be published by New York University Press.

Her  book The Making of Our Bodies, Ourselves: How Feminism Travels Across Borders (Duke, 2007) explores how feminist knowledge and body/politics circulate transnationally, using the feminist classic on women and health, Our Bodies, Ourselves, as a case in point. This book was the recipient of several prizes: the Distinguished Book Prize for 2008 from the American Sociological Association Section Sex and Gender, the Eileen Basker prize from the American Anthropological Association, and the Joan Kelly prize for women’s history from the American Historical Association.

From 19994 to 2002, she was the president of the research committee Biography & Society of the International Sociological Association.

She is currently the editor of The European Journal of Women’s Studies, together with Gail Lewis. 



Publicaties (Bron: METIS VU)

Personal website

For publications and other information, see personal website: http://www.kathydavis.info/articles.htm