Shannon N Davis

Shannon N Davis

Shannon N Davis

Associate Professor

Sociology of families and intimate relationships, gender ideologies, gender inequality, research methods

Dr. Davis received her BA in Sociology in 1997 with distinction as an Undergraduate Research Scholar from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.  She received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2004 from North Carolina State University.  She also spent two years as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Carolina Population Center

Her research has two foci.  One vein of her work focuses on the creation of families and the negotiation of family life.  Specifically, she is 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, she 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 her research is on the construction and maintenance of beliefs about gender, or gender ideologies. She is 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. She was the recipient of a 2012 OSCAR Mentor Award for her mentorship of undergraduate scholars and a 2013 Teaching Excellence Award winner.


Selected Publications

Davis, Shannon N., Sarah Winslow, and David J. Maume, Editors. 2017. Gender in the Twenty-First Century:  The Stalled Revolution and the Road to Equality. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Davis, Shannon N. and Joshua Tuttle.  2017. “Context, Opportunity, and Demands: Satisfaction with Work-Life Balance in 26 European Countries.”  Journal of Comparative Family Studies 48(4): 329-348. 

Winslow, Sarah and Shannon N. Davis. 2016. “Gender Inequality across the Academic Life Course.”  Sociology Compass 10 (5): 404-416.

Davis, Shannon N., Shannon K. Jacobsen, and Melissa Ryan. 2015.  “Gender, Race, and Inequality in Higher Education: An Intersectional Analysis of Faculty-Student Undergraduate Research Pairs at a Diverse University.”  Race, Gender & Class 22 (3-4): 7-30.

Davis, Shannon N. and Theodore N. Greenstein (Eds.). 2013.  Special issue of Journal of Family Theory & Review. “Why Study Housework?” Volume 5 (2): 63-149.

Greenstein, Theodore N. and Shannon N. Davis. 2013.   Methods of Family Research, 3rd Edition.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Davis, Shannon N. and Theodore N. Greenstein.  2009. “Gender Ideology: Components, Predictors, and Consequences.”  Annual Review of Sociology 35:88-105.

Grants and Fellowships

Davis, Shannon N. (Principal Investigator). 2016. “The Construction of Perceived Research Competency among Sociology Undergraduates.” American Sociological Association Carla B. Howery Teaching Enhancement Fund.  $2,500.

Witte, James (Principal Investigator), Amy Best, John Dale, and Shannon N. Davis (Co-Principal Investigators). 2015-18. “Civic Engagement in Seven Cities.” Corporation for National and Community Service. $370,110.

Davis, Shannon N. (Principal Investigator).  2011. “Gender and Career Prioritization after the Recession.”  American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award. $6,885.

Davis, Shannon N. (Principal Investigator).  2010. “Gender, Social Class, and Career Prioritization after the Recession.”  Faculty Research and Development Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University. $4,930.

Davis, Shannon N.  (Principal Investigator).  2007. “Examining Mechanisms for the Intergenerational Transmission of Beliefs about Gender.”  Faculty Research and Development Award, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, George Mason University. $2,700.


BA, Sociology, University of North Carolina - Asheville, 1997

MS, Sociology, North Carolina State University, 2000

PhD, Sociology, North Carolina State University, 2004

Dissertations Supervised

Jessica Emami, Gender, Group Solidarity, Group Conflict, and the Civic Engagement of Iranian Americans (2018)

Victoria Hoverman, Social Perceptions Matter: Exploring Factors that Influence Perceived Community HIV/AIDS Stigma amongst Black, White, and Hispanic Men Who Have Sex with Men (2017)

Perry A. Threlfall, Contextualizing the Support Systems of Single Mothers in College: Facilitating Critical Feminist Analysis Using Mixed Methods (2015)