Dr. Rachel E. Davis

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Dr. Rachel E. Davis
(615) 898-2690
Room 331, Andrew L. Todd Hall (TODD)
MTSU Box 10, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Tuesday/Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

By appointment (calendly.com/redavis)

Degree Information

  • PHD, University of Kentucky (2023)
  • MA, University of Kentucky (2019)
  • BA, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2017)
  • BA, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2017)

Areas of Expertise

Critical Feminist Criminology | Digital Sociology | Social Inequalities | Sexual Labor | Gendered Violence

Biography

In addition to her roles at MTSU, Rachel Davis is a faculty affiliate with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP). She is currently writing a book based on her digital ethnography of women who participate in transactional sex. Her ultimate goal is to further the movement for social justice locally, nationally, and globally through education and activism. When she’s not working, she enjoys baking, cross-stitching, and playing video games.

Publications

Davis, Rachel E. 2024. “Debt, Sex, and Money: Imperialist Discourses of Transactional Sex Across Three Geographic and Cultural Contexts.” Criminology & Criminal Justice. doi:10.1177/17488958241231879.

Davis, Rachel E. 2024. “Seeking and Surveilled: The Effects of Tumblr’s Sexual Content Ban on Sugar Babies’ Posts.” Feminist Media Studies. doi:10.1080/14680777.2024.2310826.

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Davis, Rachel E. 2024. “Debt, Sex, and Money: Imperialist Discourses of Transactional Sex Across Three Geographic and Cultural Contexts.” Criminology & Criminal Justice. doi:10.1177/17488958241231879.

Davis, Rachel E. 2024. “Seeking and Surveilled: The Effects of Tumblr’s Sexual Content Ban on Sugar Babies’ Posts.” Feminist Media Studies. doi:10.1080/14680777.2024.2310826.

Love, Tony P., Jenny L. Davis, Rachel E. Davis, William Fisher, and Rachel Barczak. 2023. “Assessing Collective Identity (Non)Verification with Social Media Data through Web Scraping, Sentiment Analysis, and Qualitative Coding.” Pp. 260–273 in Handbook of Research Methods for Studying Identity In and Around Organizations: Usual Suspects and Beyond, edited by R. Cascón-Pereira, I. Winkler, and S. Reissner. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:10.4337/9781802207972.00034.  

Davis, Rachel E., and Renzetti, Claire. 2022. “Is Religious Self-Regulation a Risk or Protective Factor for Men’s Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration?” Journal of Interpersonal Violence 37(11-12):NP9981–NP10006. doi:10.1177/0886260520985497.  

Noe, Marcia, Rachel E. Davis, and Brittain Whiteside-Galloway. 2014. “Performative Fashion in the Short Fiction of Kate Chopin.” Midwestern Miscellany 42:19-31. https://ssml.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/2014-Fall-MISC.pdf

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Presentations

 Davis, Rachel E. 2024. “Financed Femininity: Sugar Babies, Spoiled Girlfriends, and High-Value Women on TikTok.” Paper presented at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, April 6, New Orleans, LA.  

Davis, Rachel E. 2023. Debt, Sex, and Money: Imperialist Discourses of Transactional Sex Across Three Geographic and Cultural Contexts.” Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August 18, Philadelphia, PA. &nbs...

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 Davis, Rachel E. 2024. “Financed Femininity: Sugar Babies, Spoiled Girlfriends, and High-Value Women on TikTok.” Paper presented at the Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, April 6, New Orleans, LA.  

Davis, Rachel E. 2023. Debt, Sex, and Money: Imperialist Discourses of Transactional Sex Across Three Geographic and Cultural Contexts.” Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, August 18, Philadelphia, PA.  

Davis, Rachel E. 2022. “Sweet and Sour: The Impact of Tumblr’s Adult Content Ban on Sugar Babies.” Paper presented at American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, November 17, Atlanta, GA.   Davis, Rachel E. 2021. “Seeking and Surveilled: The Effects of FOSTA on Sugar Babies’ Tumblr Activities.” Paper presented at American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 9, online due to COVID-19.  

Davis, Rachel E. 2021. “Seeking and Surveilled: The Effects of FOSTA on Sugar Babies’ Tumblr Activities.” Paper presented at American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 9, online due to COVID-19.

Davis, Rachel E. 2019. “The Fear of God: Religious Motivations and Men’s Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration.” Paper presented at Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, April 11, Atlanta, GA.  

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Courses

Undergraduate: SOC 2010 Social Problems | SOC 3210 Drugs in Society | SOC 3250 Social Deviance | SOC 4300 Criminology | SOC 4400 Sex Trafficking

Graduate: SOC 5300 Criminology | SOC 6545 Topics in Gender: Sex Trafficking | 6560 Sociological Theory