Alexander Davis

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Alexander Davis is a sociologist who studies gender, sexuality, and social inequality through the lens of cultural and organizational theory. His first book, Bathroom Battlegrounds: How Public Restrooms Shape the Gender Order (University of California Press, 2020), reveals that the gender separation of public restrooms—or lack thereof—is a surprisingly powerful signal of institutional status. The book also channels that revelation into a new theory of the gendered organization, one which offers sociologists an innovative framework for thinking about ideology, institutions, and inequality in the twenty-first century. Currently, he’s working on a new book project, Sex on the Brain: How Cognitive Scientists Think about Gender in the Twenty-First Century, which investigates where and how scientific understandings of gender in the human brain have become more fluid and flexible over the last twenty years.