George Mason University



Shannon N. Davis

Associate Professor of Sociology


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I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. I received my BA in Sociology in 1997 with distinction as an Undergraduate Research Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.  I received my Ph.D. in Sociology in 2004 from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University.  I also spent two years as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

My research has two foci.  One vein of my work focuses on the creation of families and the negotiation of family life.  Specifically, I am interested in how family members negotiate the intersection of paid and unpaid work in their daily lives and how gender inequality is reproduced in families.  Recently, I began investigating the ways married couples are responding to the recent economic recession, and how these responses facilitate and undermine gender equality.

The second, and related, focus of my research is on the construction and maintenance of beliefs about gender, or gender ideologies.  I am also interested in the ways in which gender ideologies inform decisions about education, work, and relationships.

Other recent research has examined the processes through which inequality is reproduced or undermined in higher education with an eye toward understanding the role that undergraduate research can play in changing the future of the professoriate.

I was the recipient of a 2012 OSCAR Mentor Award for my mentorship of undergraduate scholars and a 2013 Teaching Excellence Award winner.

My family currently lives in Northern Virginia.  I joined the Sociology faculty at George Mason University in August 2006.


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