Books and publications

The Uncounted: Politics of Data in Global Health. Cambridge University Press, 2020.

Uncounted cover

#1 on summer reading list: “It is difficult to think of a more timely and concerning book.” – Krisztina Csortea, International Affairs

“Reveals how some uses of data can retrench existing injustices…call[s] for nothing short of a revolution in the field.” – Martha Lincoln, BMJ Global Health

“Davis examines the global fight against HIV/AIDS to both acknowledge the necessity of data in global health and thoughtfully critique how data are gathered, transformed, and operationalised.” – Hanna Huffstetler and Benjamin Mason Meier, Global Public Health

Song and Silence: Ethnic Revival on China’s Southwest Borders. Columbia University Press, 2005.


“A vivid and beautifully told ethnography” – Tai Culture

“A path-breaking study of the logic of borders” – Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia

“Original and deeply probing” — James C. Scott , Yale University

“Playful, scholarly and lyrical” — Jonathan Spence, Yale University

Selected articles and publications – full list on ResearchGate

“The surprising persistence of human rights defenders in China.” In M. Foblets, M. Goodale, M. Sapignoli, O. Zenker, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Law and Anthropology. Oxford University Press, 2020.

“The Trojan horse: Digital health, human rights, and global health governance”. Health and Human             Rights Journal, vol. 22 no. 2, December 2020.

with Doris Schopper and Julia Epps. “Monitoring Interventions to respond to sexual violence in humanitarian contexts”, Global Health Governance 12(1): Spring 2018, 34-46.

“The uncounted: Politics of data and visibility in global health.” International Journal of Human Rights: Sustainable Development Goals and human rights special issue, ed. Inga Winkler. 2017. Winner of the International Geneva Award 2017

with William C. Goedel, John Emerson, Brooke S. Guven. “Punitive laws, key population size estimates, and Global AIDS Response Progress Reports: An ecological study of 154 countries.” Journal of the International AIDS Society, 20.1, 2017.

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