Sean Davis didn’t always have his life planned out. Caught up with drugs, Davis dropped out of high school and got a job as a press operator for the local newspaper, The North County Times.
After 10 years of working fulltime, Davis felt the urge to go back to school. He enrolled at MiraCosta College, where he found inspiration his first semester.
class I took with Karen Baum inspired me to major in sociology and to one day teach at MiraCosta College one day,” said Davis. Even though he loved his course, he flunked it, along with three others.
In 2008, Davis earned enough units to transfer to Cal State San Marcos (CSUSM) where he continued to major in sociology and maintained a 4.0 GPA.
After earning his bachelor’s degree, Davis enrolled in CSUSM’s sociological practices masters program with an emphasis in gender studies and sexuality—subjects that have always been near and dear to his heart.
“I grew up in a single mother household and my best friends have all been women so I’ve never really understood the rigid gender role that society places on us as far as what it means to be a man and what it means to be a woman,” said Davis. “Plus, I’ve always found it better to be more gender queer or gender fluid and conform to your interests rather than conforming to gendered standards.”
Davis began teaching as an associate faculty at MiraCosta College right after earning his master’s degree. In 2015, he was hired as a fulltime sociology
instructor and is now MiraCosta Colleges’s only fulltime instructor teaching gender studies and sexuality.
In his role as a fulltime faculty member, Davis plans on growing and facilitating the college’s gender studies program.
He also wants to make sure his students finish his classes feeling successful by “…coming to class and putting in the effort to reach greater goals and ultimately critically think or question their assumption and world views against empirical data and rigorous theory.”